Las Conchas wildfire creates significant road hazards

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The Las Conchas fire has created significant safety hazards for anyone entering the burned area, including threats from flash flooding, landslides, road washouts, falling trees, and rolling rocks.

Forest Service officials say they are placing a high priority on assessing these hazards and risks that would potentially affect the public using Forest System Roads that access private land within the burned fire area.

At this time, officials indicate that safety hazards along some routes are so extreme that access will not be possible in the immediate future.

For example, Forest Road 89 accessing The Pines and the road accessing Bland Canyon from the south have been especially impacted by fire conditions. There are no treatments that could be immediately accomplished that would make the routes safe until at least after the period of monsoon rains is over, at which time further hazard and risk assessments will be conducted.

For specific routes accessing private land in other areas of the burn:

· Hydrologists on the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team have completed the first stage of assessment of flooding hazards.

· Forest engineers have completed most of the assessment of hazards associated with rolling and falling rock.

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