Storm brings moisture, fires

The recent rainy weather brought with it several good things, among them water to help Pagosa Country green up, to raise the levels of the San Juan River and to potentially stave off larger fires in the area.

However, some negative accompanied the storm, as well, with increased danger associated with higher river levels and several small fires started by lightning.

According to Thad McKain, Archuleta County director of emergency management, stream flow for the Archuleta County reached nearly 600 cubic feet per second for the San Juan River over the weekend — the highest river level that had been seen since the snowmelt.

Following that, river levels continued to creep up.

On Tuesday, the river was over 700 cfs and, by Wednesday, the level had reached 949 cfs.

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This story was posted on May 7, 2015.