Dean Peak Fire 90 percent contained; flooding an issue
By Jennifer Thomas
KINGMAN, Ariz. -- The Dean Peak Fire is almost completely put out, but officials are now concerned about potential flash flooding.
The Mohave County Sheriff's Office says flooding is common when large areas are burned off, creating prime conditions for flooding during monsoon storms over the burn area.
"Dense vegetation once in place that minimized runoff is now gone, increasing the risk of localized floods in washes originating in the Dean Peak area," said Trish Carter, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, in a news release.
Officials said the Hualapai, Frees and McGarry wash systems have the potential to carry large amounts of runoff from areas on Blake Ranch Road south of Interstate 40 and DW Ranch Road north of I-40.
The Las Vegas office of the National Weather Service predicts increases in thunderstorm activity, including a chance of precipitation as early as Wednesday and moving into the weekend.
Authorities will be watching storm systems closely as they move through the areas.