Could Oregon Wildfires Produce Land & Mudslides

, Written by Kyle Aevermann, Posted: Mon, August 12 2013 at 6:11 PM, Updated: Mon, August 12 2013 at 6:17 PM

Gushing at nearly 30 miles per hour, mud and water pours down highways and residential streets in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

"Do not think you have enough time, when that siren goes off, go," said Erin Collyer, a mudslide survivor.

The act of mother nature a result of rain not being able to be absorbed in the area of last years Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado. Something which often happens after large scale wildfires...

So with wildfires still burning in southern Oregon we could see a similar scene.

"Provided we have a typical winter with our normal amounts of rain full, I think possibility of landslides is pretty good," said SOU professor of geology Charles Lane said.

"Once you have had a wildfire, vegetation is burnt up, no long alive, you loose some of the capability to bind up the soil and keep it in place."

But not all burnt area will be susceptible.

"They are varied in their make up. The geology is so complex, that some areas will be completely safe while others will be highly dangerous because of the geologic layers."

Only mother nature and time know when or if southern Oregon mountains turn into raging rapids.

Since the areas where our wildfires are burning are more in remote areas, the impact they have on human's will be reduced significantly.

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