Authorities in eastern Utah are bracing for the possibility of flash flooding in an area devastated by a deadly fire last year.
The U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday that flooding has been reported near the site of the Neola North fire, which killed three people in June 2007. A spokesman for the Ashley National Forest said flooding has been reported downstream in Bacon Park and at private residences along the river corridor.
"In the next 1-3 years, while the burned areas recover, additional flooding is possible after intense summer thundershowers," Louis Haynes said in a statement.
The National Weather Service has installed a temporary weather station in the Farm Creek drainage to monitor for flooding. It will send out an alert to the Uintah Basin Interagency Fire Center when precipitation becomes too much, warning of flooding potential. The weather station will remain there for the next few years as the area recovers.
The Neola North fire torched 62 square miles of land in the Farm Creek area near the eastern Utah town of Neola. George Houston, 63, his son, Tracy, 43, and Roger Roberson, 75, were all killed in the blaze.The cause of the fire remains under investigation, the FBI said. A power pole has been focused on in the year-long investigation.