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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 7:15 am

Salt River Project hydrologists and meteorologists at the National Weather Service office in Phoenix are keeping an eye on the burn area from the Sunflower Fire and the potential that runoff from heavy rains could bring unwanted debris down Sycamore Creek and, eventually, impact SRP’s canals in the Valley.

Should debris from the runoff work its way down from the fire’s burn area and reach the Granite Reef Diversion Dam, located east of Mesa, it could have an impact on Valley water treatment plants that receive raw water from SRP canals, said Charlie Ester, SRP’s manager of Water Resource Operations.

To help monitor precipitation and increased flows from the burn area and provide warning information, the National Weather Service has set up a Sunflower Fire Decision Support web page. The link can be found at www.wrh.noaa.gov/psr/DSS/sunflower.php.

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