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California’s next worry: mudslides from El Niño rains

Caltrans engineer Garrett Griffth walks past piles of wood chips cut from downed burned trees. The material will be used for erosion control on the burned hillsides along Highway 175 in Lake County. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

Rainstorms forecast to rage during this winter’s “Godzilla” El Niño could release damaging mudslides on drought-dried and fire-scarred landscapes in the Bay Area and through much of California, geologists and meteorologists warn.

Swaths of land near homes and roadways where fires rolled through this summer are particularly vulnerable, but the hills and mountains of the Bay Area, including the Oakland hills and much of Marin County, are also in danger if projected rains materialize, according to the California Geological Survey

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Source:  Peter Fimrite, SF Chronicle, October 23, 2015

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