On June 29, significant precipitation fell in the Cedar Creek watershed, approximately that of a 25 year event. This tested the single-row of k-rails in place at the Cemetery. Minor flooding occurred, which prompted specialists to install a secondary row of k-rails and sandbags should another large event occur. These rails and additional sandbags will enhance protection to the Cemetery.
There is a three tier alert system in place to give the Cedar Creek Community advance warning in the event of a flood. The first alert is through the National Weather Service who will notify the community of a potential storm coming. This will provide the community up to an hour and a half advance notice.
The second alert will be provided by three rain gauges that have been installed in the upper watershed of Cedar Creek. The rain gauges will provide an estimate of the amount of moisture accumulating in the watershed. This will provide the community approximately one hour notification.
Lastly, the BAER Team worked with the White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to install a flow detection device a mile upstream from Cedar Creek. This will provide approximately a 30 minute notification.
These radar-based flow detection devices will provide an alert to the Cedar Creek community when water flows reach a critical level. Should the community need to be alerted, the White Mountain Apache Tribe installed an alert siren that will alert the local community in the event of an emergency.
On Tuesday, the Burned Area Emergency Response Team will meet with WMAT and Fort Apache Agency to present a plan of Emergency Stabilization and Burned Area Rehabilitation treatments. Once the Plan is approved, the Agency will begin to implement the remaining treatments.
The interior of the fire area and roads leading into the fire will remain closed due to potential flooding near the communities of Cedar Creek and Carrizo. Please stay out of washes and do not cross areas where water is flowing across roadways.
This is the final update for the BAER Team. For questions, please contact the Emergency Operations Center at (928) 205-7417.