Public Safety

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The Colorado WRAP is the primary mechanism for the Colorado State Forest Service to deploy risk information and create awareness about wildfire issues across the state.

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RWEACT will work with the USDA Forest Service BAER Team to determine on-going or new emergent public safety hazards and strategies for detection and notification in the interest of public safety.

Public Safety: How RWEACT is working to keep you safe!

RWEACT is working to establish emergent and early detection and a public warning system for flash-flood and other natural resource-related events expected to occur within the Rio Grande River watershed as a result of the severely burned areas associated with West Fork Complex fire.

  • Provide support for the BAER team in the review of BARC (Burned Area Reflective Classification) map to determine areas of relative burn severity.
  • Coordinate to make field assessments of the burned areas to determine the highest priorities for hydrologic detection equipment.
  • Establish a list of watershed priority areas (including high hazard dams) for the installation of rain fall or water flow gauging systems to serve in the early detection of flash flood or debris flow events associated with heavy rainfall events.
  • Determine the most efficient and accurate equipment for determining water level changes in streams that might be associated with potential flash flood events.
  • Determine the appropriate communication method for collecting and distributing water flow data for emergency warnings to the appropriate authorities for public notification.
  • Receive, assemble, deploy and install rain gauge and stream gauge equipment into the high priority watershed areas defined by the team.
  • Retain the responsibility for monitoring and operation and maintenance of these gauging stations to ensure functionality throughout Phase I.
  • Research and employ appropriate methods for temporary improvements to National Weather Service tracking, including a temporary Doppler system.

snags

Snags: This is why you don’t want to walk in the burned area on a windy day. These trees sit back a bit from FSR 430 (the road to Shaw and Hunter Lakes).