Utah Division of Emergency Management spokesman Joe Dougherty said state mitigation teams worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to buy four weather stations to put in areas with burn scars.
"They'll stay there for about two years," he said. "Then we move them to other locations, if any of the fires this year necessitate that."
Dougherty said people should consider flood insurance, have an evacuation plan and an emergency preparedness kit.
"It's really difficult when (people) live in an area below a burn scare because the debris can come down a hill with so much force that, a lot of time, it can overwhelm sandbags and some retaining walls," he said.
Brian McInerney, hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City, said the four weather stations were put in Alpine, Saratoga Springs, Oak City and Fountain Green.
McInerney said the weather stations are programmed to send updates every hour, and more frequently if there is more rain.
Alpine residents could see debris flow if they get a half-inch of rain in 30 minutes, likewise for 1 ¼ inches of rain in an hour in Saratoga Springs.
"They're working great," McInerney said of the weather stations. "They send us data. Before we even issue a flash flood warning, we'll call the people that need to get the information."
Contributing: McKenzie Romero
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