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The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for the Colorado Springs area over concerns of runoff from the Waldo Canyon Fire.

Some rain would be helpful, but what they don't need are any big downpours on the burn area. When the natural vegetation burns away, the ground becomes water repellant.

"You would like to be able to have people relax a little bit, however we need folks to continue to stay plugged in stay informed on this very legitimate concern," said Jeff Kramer with the El Paso County Sherriff's Office.

Kramer says emergency crews and public works set up a flash flood task force to be ready in case of a downpour on the burn area.

They want a quick response near the fire's scar and as far away as the city of Fountain, because it's downstream.

"If we have a flash flood, what are the areas of infrastructure that we need to be checking on and making sure are okay? But also do we have the right people that can deploy into the community if evacuations do become necessary?" Kramer said.

The thought of more evacuations isn't a pleasant one, but we've seen how serious floods can be after wildfires in Colorado.

The Buffalo Creek fire delivered a one-two punch back in 1996. Heavy rains led to flash floods that carried heavy debris, and did serious damage to buildings and roads in the town of Buffalo Creek.

Rescuers hope these images will remind people not to wait for an evacuation order if they see flooding in their area. It can happen fast and that's when it's time to head for high ground.

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