NWS: Flash flood watch for Pine Gulch Fire burn area

National Weather Service

July 14, 4:08 p.m.: Flash flood warning for the Pine Gulch Fire burn area was canceled. Heavy rain has ended and flooding is no longer expected to pose a threat. Please continue to heed remaining road closures. A flash flood watch remains in effect until 12 a.m. MDT Thursday for a portion of northwest Colorado.

July 13, 2:15 p.m.: Flash Flood warning for the Pine Gulch Fire burn area in southwestern Garfield County in west central Colorado until 4:15 p.m.

At 2:15 p.m. MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Pine Gulch Burn area. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

HAZARD: Life-threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Pine Gulch
Fire Burn Area.

SOURCE: Radar.

IMPACT: Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include mainly rural areas of southwestern Garfield County

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

This is a life-threatening situation. Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks, streams, and
ditches in the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area. Severe debris flows can also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters, climb to safety.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

July 14, 1:58 p.m.: SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR CENTRAL GARFIELD COUNTY UNTIL 2:45
p.m. MDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm 16 miles north of Rifle, or 32 miles northwest of Glenwood Springs, moving east at 25 mph. Half-inch hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with this storm.
Locations impacted include Rio Blanco. This includes Colorado 13 between mile markers 13 and 22.

Roan and Tavaputs Plateaus
325 AM MDT Wed Jul 14 2021

Map of area with Flash Flood Watch

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE PINE GULCH FIRE BURN AREA IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING…

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has expanded the

* Flash Flood Watch to include a portion of northwest Colorado, including the following area, Roan and Tavaputs Plateaus.

* From noon MDT today through this evening.

* National Weather Service meteorologists are monitoring the potential for heavy rainfall over the Pine Gulch Fire Burn area, which may lead to flash flooding and debris flows.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

NWS: Flash flood watch for Pine Gulch Fire burn area