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Charred California Landscapes in Danger of Flooding

26 Oct 2016, 6:57 pm

There’s no doubt that California needs rain, but this week’s storms could also be a detriment to parts of the Golden State. Mired in a historic drought that is now into its 5th year, the lack of moisture made this summer’s fires even harder to contain. The Soberanes Fire that started in July in Monterey County is just one example of where dry vegetation lit up like matchsticks.

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The Soberanes Fire has now been contained, but the threat is far from over. After the fire was extinguished, it left behind barren hillsides that are now susceptible to flooding. Heavy rain is expected over the Soberanes burn scar this week and multiple other burn scars as a storm system moves in from the Pacific. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch from the Monterey area to the San Bernardino Mountains.

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The heaviest rain is expected to fall Thursday night through Friday morning. Heavy downpours could cause mud and debris flows, especially since many burn areas have not seen heavy rain yet this season.

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For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Corey Christiansen

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