Officials work to clean up wildfire damage before major rain

Nov 10, 2015 11:59 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Crews in Northern California are racing to clean up debris from this summer's wildfires and shore up hillsides as winter rains set in.

The Sacramento Bee reports that in counties that were impacted by fires, mudslides and flash floods are now a concern.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials say the unusually hot September fires made the ground nonporous, so it repels water instead of absorbing it. If El Nino brings heavy rains to the area as predicted, that could cause flash flooding.

State and county crews are working on cleanup and erosion-control efforts in Lake and Calaveras counties. Crews are working to shore up hillsides above major roads, dredge streams and to install gauges into waterways to track flows through winter.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee

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