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FORESTHILL–

Things have returned to normal in the Foresthill community since the Robbers Fire. Now, with heavy rain expected later in the week, comes a new problem.

“There’s always concern after a fire has burned through an area where we see significant rain for mudslides or debris flow,” said Daniel Berlant with CalFire.

Berlant notes that CalFire has done a lot of work to repair the areas damaged by the fire – damages also caused by equipment used to suppress it.

So what causes the mudslides?

“The fire burns so intensely that it just bakes the soil, so that water is not able to naturally permeate into the soil. So what happens is you start to get runoff, and as that water continues to runoff it brings the mud or any of the debris that on the hillside,” Berlant said.

That has some residents concerned.

“We’re always concerned about mudslides up here. Down foresthill road there’s always landslides happening,” said Foresthill resident Matt Wallin.

Berlant said that CalFire will be prepared to act if any problems do arise.

James Myers filed this report.