Heavy rain causes flooding scare in Four Mile burn area

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. -- With rain finally on the way along the Front Range, a fire meteorologist said people living in Colorado's burn areas should be on guard against the threat of flooding.

Nick Nauslar, with the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center, said up to two inches of rain are expected through the weekend as monsoon moisture moves into the state.

Nauslar said that will help fire crews.

"It's looking good for most fires at least in the Colorado area," he said. But he added that the state could use much more than just one rain event.

"We'll need several surges of monsoonal moisture because of the exceptional and severe drought that Colorado has to get completely out of fire season," Nauslar said.

But he said too much rain could also cause problems in places in places like Four Mile Canyon, scene of a destructive wildfire in September, 2010.

On Thursday, heavy rain causes a minor rockslide which forced the brief closure of Four Mile Canyon Road.

Nauslar said residents of burn areas should have a place in place for possible flooding. That plan could include sandbags. He said they should monitor up-to-date weather information. One Four Mile Canyon resident said she wasn't too worried.

"I worry much more about fire danger, so with the heat wave and the dryness, that was concerning," said Diane Gleason.

"This makes me happy, except for my ice cream melting." She was referring to the rain and the dessert in the back seat of her car as she waited for the road to reopen.

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