Weather Service issues flash flood watch for Crown King area Wednesday
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the Crown King area that's in effect from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, because the first monsoon rain is likely to fall on the area where the Gladiator wildfire burned this spring.
The flash flood watch covers the 16,240-acre burn area as well as areas downstream including Muldoon Gulch, Peck Canyon and Crazy Basin Creek.
The Crown King-Cleator Road could become impassable, the Weather Service is warning.
The fire area including part of Senator Highway remain closed to the general public, but some homes are located in and below the burn area. So is the steep, winding Crown King-Cleator Road.
People living downstream from recent burn areas should be alert to rapidly changing conditions and the potential for enhanced runoff or flash flooding.
The Weather Service is advising people to monitor weather forecasts for online updates at weather.gov/flagstaff.
The Weather Service is calling for a 60-percent chance of thunderstorms in Prescott on Independence Day, followed by a 50-percent chance Wednesday night and Thursday, a 40-percent chance Thursday night, a 30-percent chance Friday and a 40-percent chance Friday night.
Crown King has a similar forecast.
Hail and gusty winds are possible with the stronger storms, the Weather Service said.