Areas downstream of the Wallow Fire burned area are now more vulnerable to flash flooding and debris flows—ash, sand, silt, rocks and woody material. Rainfall that is normally absorbed can run off extremely quickly because soils and vegetation have been burned. Severely burned soils can be as water repellent as pavement.
Residents and visitors are responsible for their own safety. Look up, look down, and look around! Be prepared to move to higher ground when it starts to rain. The sky may be clear where you are, but rain falling upstream will move downstream faster than usual. Complete News Release