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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 5:40 pm

Officials are focusing on post-fire impacts as firefighters get three large Arizona blazes under control.

The Arizona Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) is coordinating with tribal, federal, state and local agencies to identify threats and potential impacts that monsoon rains may have on the communities in the Wallow, Horseshoe Two and Monument fire areas.

A post-fire flood mitigation task force was formed earlier this month to discuss how to evaluate the threat to fire damaged watersheds, average monsoon rainfall in the areas affected, the placement of rain gauges to monitor water flow, protective measures for critical infrastructure and evaluate existing flood warning systems.

Many homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover flood damage, but most agents who sell homeowner’s insurance also sell federal flood insurance policies. Detailed information about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is available online at www.FloodSmart.gov or at the NFIP referral center at (888) 379-9531. It takes 30 days for an NFIP policy to go into effect.

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