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Canyon Fire Burn Area Winter Preparedness

Post Date:12/07/2017 4:20 PM

The recent Canyon Fire burned 2662 acres, heavily impacting our City. Some of these burned areas have highly erosive soils on very steep slopes. The fire consumed much of the vegetation and soil cover which has subsequently increased the risk of erosion, flash flooding, and debris flows within and downslope of the fire area. 

Rainfall can trigger these events, so it is important to understand the risks and be mindful of predicted weather, as these will be hazards we are susceptible to for multiple years. When rainfall events are predicted, stay alert, monitor information sources and comply with any evacuation orders to leave the area. 

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) prepared debris flow modeling, which can be used to identify the risk potential to your specific area, visit their website for more information

Based off predicted rainfall amounts and the duration of time in which it will occur, the National Weather Service (NWS) may issue a Flash Flood Warning. Flash Flood Warnings will be given via television, radio and wireless emergency alerts if your device is compatible. To learn more about wireless emergency alerts visit the NWS website. In the event a Flash Flood Warning is issued for the Canyon Fire burn area, evacuation orders may be given. If you are told to evacuate, please adhere to these orders, as they are given to ensure your safety. 

Take the time to prepare yourself and your property for these types of events as we are now more susceptible to them. 

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides assistance to private landowners with flooding and erosion issues. We encourage you to work with the NRCS to identify specific measures to help protect your property during storm events. The NRCS contacts for this area are Bob Hewitt and Robert Dunkle, and they can be reached at (951) 654-7139 or via email at Robert.Hewitt@ca.usda.gov or Robert.Dunkle@ca.usda.gov  

We realize the resources provided may be a lot of information to process. We have asked our USGS, NWS and NRCS partners to join us for a meeting where they can demonstrate how to use these tools and answer any questions about them. 

This meeting will take place on December 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm at Circle City Center, located at 365 N. Main Street Corona CA 92882 

The Corona Fire Department looks forward to seeing you there and working together to prepare for our winter season. 

Canyon Fire

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