Arizona

Jun 26, 2012 6:11 AM

Area near Payson being closed in case of flooding

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Sycamore Creek area near Payson is being temporarily closed due to impending monsoonal activity which poses the possibility of severe flooding.

The Sunflower fire began last month and is 80 percent contained after charring more than 17,000 acres in the Tonto National Forest.

The wildfire burn area is the upper watershed for Sycamore Creek.

Forest officials say there is little if any ground vegetation left to absorb and hold back rainwater in the burn area.

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