Flood Warning Units Installed In The Gila Burn Area

Jul 6, 2012

With the largest fire in New Mexico's recorded history nearly contained, officials are turning their attention to the monsoon season.  The U.S. Geological Survey this week finished installing six flood-warning units in the burned areas of the Whitewater-Baldy Fire in southwestern New Mexico. The blaze charred more than 465 square miles.

The units' rain gages transmit data to the National Weather Service. The agency then provides warnings to communities that may be affected by flooding.

Officials say the gages can provide up to 60 minutes advance warning.

Residents will also be able to access the gage data on their home computers.

In Lincoln County, officials are planning to notify residents of potential post-fire flooding via an emergency call system.

Officials say flooding from last year's Las Conchas Fire is also possible at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.