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The Coconino National Forest Is Reviewing Several Proposals From Coconino County To Reduce Post-Fire Flood Impacts

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The Coconino National Forest is currently reviewing several proposals designed to reduce post-fire flood impacts to the Flagstaff area. Coconino County came up with the proposals to minimize private land damage, protect watershed resources and will target areas within or directly adjacent to the 2022 Tunnel and Pipeline burn scars. However, additional damage caused by the fires have increased flood risk in downstream areas. Proposals include armoring soils and building watershed structures out of logs and boulders to limit erosion. Those measures will stabilize burned drainages and ideally manage storm flows away from neighborhoods. The Coconino National Forest is planning to authorize several dozen features on forest lands located northeast of Flagstaff, both east and west of Highway 89 and on the north side of Flagstaff in the Schultz Creek drainage. Specific details on the proposed post-fire flood mitigation efforts can be found on the Coconino National Forest’s website. Part of the review process is receiving public input. To comment on the proposals, email comments-southwestern-coconino@usda.gov.

To read the activities for post-fire erosion and flood control activities, east of Highway 89: click here:  

To read the activities for post-fire erosion and flood control activities, west of Highway 89: click here: