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CAL FIRE responds to Northern California mudslide concerns

In Butte County, mudslides are not a major concern, but there are other worries in fire-damaged areas.

Posted: Jan 10, 2018 11:10 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2018 11:13 PM

In Butte County, mudslides are not a major concern, but there are other worries in fire-damaged areas.

CAL FIRE told Action News Now while overall there isn't immediate concern for mudslides, there are a lot of variables that could come into play that Northern Californians should be aware of.

When an area is burned, the fire takes away structures, such as grass or trees, that bind the ground together.

For residents who live near or on burned property, CAL FIRE recommends using a licensed contractor to provide soil stability.

Sandbags are also a way to mitigate mudslides.

"Anywhere in the United States is susceptible to mud slides. It depends on the conditions, so I can't definitively say, you know, California or Northern California is or is not in danger. Anywhere is. It depends on soil stability, it depends on the amount of rain, it depends on the soil, saturation, there's many factors that go into that," said Garrett Needles, Battalion Chief of CAL FIRE Butte County.

If there were to be a mudslide, CAL FIRE has hand crews that are trained in sandbagging for localized flooding and three staff crews available.

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