Heavy rains caused floods and mudslides across Utah on Monday, particularly on the scar of a 2012 wildfire in Emery County, where dozens of slides have washed away attempts to rehabilitate slopes above a state highway.
Since the Seeley Wildfire burned more than 48,000 acres in Huntington Canyon near State Road 31 two years ago, the scar has been remarkably prone to debris flows, said National Weather Service hydrologist Brian McInerney. Monday's storms caused the 24th such flow, closing the highway at least until Tuesday morning. Previous efforts to re-seed the canyon were flummoxed by floods in 2013.
"They've wrecked roads and bridges," McInerney said.