Mescalero Apache Tribe Warns Of Possible Flooding

Firefighters continue mopping up in Otero County after the SOldier Canyon Fire burned more than 1400 acres. The fire was started a week ago today by human causes, but fire investigators continue to say they are investigating the exact cause. Now, though, emergency officials are warning of possible flooding that could be coming as a result of a tropical storm churning off the western coast of Mexico. The Mescalero Apache Tribe issued an advisory Wednesday saying the track of the storm may take it over the fire area, dumping considerable amounts of rain over the fire-ravaged ground. The heavy rain, they say, could cause significant flash flooding and mudslides, specifically after the ground and vegetation has been damaged and removed by the wildfire. Tribal departments will begin placing sandbags and jersey barriers adjacent to homes in low-lying areas that may be impacted by flooding.