Coconino County Flood Control District officials have completed a flood analysis and the effects of the Museum Fire on the Burris Watershed. The analysis shows that the watershed will not experience increased flooding due to the Museum Fire at this time.
The Burris Watershed is contained in the western Doney Park neighborhoods. These areas include North Peaks and Burris Lane along Hwy 89, east and north of Flagstaff. The Timberline and Fernwood neighborhoods are not in the Burris Watershed.
The analysis of the watershed shows that fire has burned into a small area previously burned by the 1977 Radio Fire. Results of the analysis show that the watershed is minimally affected and with current fire conditions, there will not be any flood impact to the communities in the watershed as a result of the Museum Fire at this time. Any rain event that would have produced flooding prior to the fire would produce the same level of flooding after the fire.
Any change in fire conditions would alter this analysis and change the flood outlook for the Burris watershed. The Coconino County Flood Control District will re-run the hydrological analysis if there is a change in fire conditions and inform the public of any change in results to the flood analysis.
Coconino Flood Control District officials will conduct a public meeting for Doney Park and Timberline-Fernwood neighborhoods at 6:30pm, Thursday, July 25 at the Cromer Elementary School on Silver Saddle Rd, east of Hwy. 89. County officials will outline the analysis of the watershed with maps available for review. The meeting will be streamed on the Coconino County Facebook page with American Sign Language and Spanish interpretation available.
Residents with questions can contact the Emergency Operations call center at 928.213.2990. People are also encouraged to sign-up for emergency notifications for evacuation and other notices at coconino.az.gov/ready.