The District consistently observes and monitors area wildfires including the Rafael, Backbone, and north Paulden burn areas for flooding potential during the upcoming monsoon season. There is a reasonable potential that the watersheds within the burn areas, including areas such as Sycamore Canyon, Spring Creek, and Oak Creek, will see increased water and mud flows as the debris and ash from the fires are washed downstream.
Yavapai County is part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Any residential structure in Yavapai County is insurable under the NFIP regardless of flood risk zone. This includes structures included in the Special Flood Hazard Area as mapped by FEMA. There is a waiver of the 30-day wait period for flood insurance if any claims are for a flood resulting from a wild land fire on federal property. The insurance still needs to be purchased prior to the flood event. Any residents downstream of the burn area are encouraged to talk to your insurance agent about obtaining flood insurance.
**If you are a resident living near burn areas, please send your flood status request to Floodstatus@yavapai.us. We typically monitor these requests daily.
For more information on the effects of wild fire on flooding go to FloodSmart | Flood After Fire: The Increased Risk or see our Flood After Fire Fact Sheet. You can find out more about flood insurance from your insurance agent or the www.floodsmart.gov website. For flood risk specific to your property, please feel free to contact the Flood Control District.