Colorado wildfire update: Rains bring mudslides to 416 fire area |

Colorado wildfire update: Rains bring mudslides to 416 fire area

Kieran Nicholson / The Denver Post

Rain and thunderstorms came to parts of southern Colorado on Tuesday, resulting in burn area mudslides that shut down some roads and highways.

Wildfires have scorched more than 175,000 acres this season, leaving lands stripped of trees, brush and other vegetation. When rains come, water washes down barren landscapes, uprooting fire debris and channeling mudslides and flash floods.

Rocks, dirt, tree limbs, logs and other debris are often swept into floods and slides, creating dangerous situations. Structures, roads, vehicles and energy infrastructure, including power poles and energy lines, can be damaged or destroyed.

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A flash flood warning was posted Tuesday, by the National Weather Service, through 9 p.m. for north and central La Plata County.

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