416 Fire Updates
Continued cool, wet weather has reduced fire behavior to creeping and smoldering in heavy fuels that are sheltered by the tree canopy. As the amount of rain increases, it will penetrate the canopy, wetting fuels and making them less available to burn. Smoke impacts to surrounding communities should diminish rapidly as fuels become saturated.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the 416 fire area in effect from this afternoon through this evening. Meteorologists are forecasting heavy rainfall over the burn area, which may lead to flash flooding and debris flows. Residents near this wildfire and along the Highway 550 corridor near Hermosa should prepare for potential flooding impacts. Be sure to stay up to date with information from local authorities. The probability of rain increases through the weekend, with amounts ranging from .10 to .25 inches expected daily.