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Erosion: A Problem After Wildfires?

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Service is looking into erosion after the Carr Fire.

Posted: Sep 25, 2018 6:49 PM
Updated: Sep 26, 2018 11:50 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif - The Delta Fire sparked fear when flames jumped Interstate 5, burning everything in its path.

Now that the fire is almost 100 percent contained, local agencies are working together to prevent further tragedies from happening.

"The call we get the most from concerned landowners is what can I do to address erosion," said Mindy Graves with the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Service. 

One aspect the USDA - Shasta County Division is watching out for is mudslides, specifically, after the fire burned trees and vegetation along I-5 and hillsides.

"There is potential for debris flows we are predicting now right," Graves said. "What will this winter bring and we just don't know."

Shasta County faced a similar issue in January 2016, when a mudslide forced the closure of Highway 299 for more than a month.

For truck drivers who have already faced multiple I-5 closures this year due to the Delta Fire, it's a concern they don't want to face again.

"It'll be bad if they shut that down it will be chaotic yea so not good," said Sal Moran, a UPS truck driver. 

But with rain in the weekend forecast officials with the Department of Agriculture say they'll be observing the rainfall in hopes of finding problem areas they otherwise wouldn't know about.

"We are hoping for light rain," Graves said. "I mean, not all rain is bad rain, it's just when it comes fast and hard." 

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