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Wednesday’s first round of rain in a series of storms brought heavy downpours to the area between Foresthill and Colfax where 2500 acres burned during the Robbers Fire in July.

CAL FIRE crews did a lot of work to stabilize the soil following the fire, and so far the ground is holding up. But portions of the landscape are still vulnerable to mudslides because of the lack of vegetation, and the fact that several inches of rain are expected through this weekend.

As CAL FIRE spokesman Daniel Berlant recently explained to FOX40, “The fire burns so intensely that it just bakes the soil, so that water is not able to naturally permeate into the soil.” That scenario creates runoff that can carry debris down hillsides.

Residents of Foresthill, a community with just one main road in and out, will be glad when this storm series ends.

“With this much rain coming down, it’s always a concern,” said resident Mark Ogburn. “I’ve been up here a long time and seen a lot of mudslides.”

Berlant said CAL FIRE is prepared to act if any problems do arise.