Medford, OR—The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch from 2 p.m. today through tonight for areas of south central Oregon and northern California. Landslides are possible in steep terrain during this weather event, and the risk is even higher in recently burned areas.
The flash flood watch area includes the Miller complex fires in Oregon, the Modoc July complex and Parker 2 fire in northern California, and wildfire burn scars in south Siskiyou County, including the Wallow, Fay, Garden, and Grizzly fires.
Find a map of the watch area and latest information here: http://1.usa.gov/1NvvBQt
"Heavy rain is a common landslide trigger," says Bill Burns, engineering geologist at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Landslides are possible during this expected weather, so it's important to be aware of the potential hazard and avoid burn areas."
People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. Caution should be used when traveling.
In general, dangerous areas can include:
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
For more landslide and debris flow information: http://bit.ly/landslidehazards
Ali Ryan Hansen
Communications Director, DOGAMI