The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning on Tuesday morning, July 12, for an area about 10 miles north of Heber Overgaard that resulted from heavy thunderstorms.
The cycle of thunderstorms due to the moisture influence and daytime warm-ups has returned for the summertime.
Highs reaching to the low to mid 80s and lows in the low 50s will continue. Afternoon and sometimes morning cooling from storms will occur as the clouds build and precipitate.
The forest closure order affecting areas, roads and trails associated with the Black Mesa Ranger District of the Sitgreaves National Forest, initially signed by Chris Knopp on June 22, has been rescinded and opened as of the morning of July 7.
The added moisture from storm precipitation is the key reason of opening access of the national forests in our area.
On Tuesday, July 12, Forest Service personnel were observed still monitoring the remnants of the Wash Fire, located eight miles east of Heber Overgaard near the junction of Highways 277 and 377.
Accumulation of moisture continues with some heavy downpours in our area as these storms build and move through the area. With these downpours, some debris movement may exist in what is left of the Willow and Wash fire areas.