Potential Mud and Landslides

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Sat, September 28 2013 at 6:41 PM, Updated: Sat, September 28 2013 at 10:58 PM

A rainstorm this weekend is expected to hit much of Southern Oregon hard, with winds up to 60 miles an hour. 

The storm could bring the chance of landslides to the areas burnt by this summer's wildfires.

Now that the nearly 48,000 acres of the Douglas Complex are no longer burning, that means rain could now bring another type of danger to the forest area.

Jim Whittington with the  Bureau of Land Management says because there's no vegetation in the burnt soils, rain could cause land slides and trees to fall over.

"After you have fires, obviously the vegetation where it burned severely, is gone in a lot of those places and that allows water to really run down the hill fast and collect in the streams and carry a lot of stuff with it."

The areas that are expected to be hit the hardest and with the biggest chance of landslides are Rabbit Mountain and Dad's Creek.

He also says that residents near the areas that were burned shouldn't worry, saying the impacted areas are far from people's homes, but still could block roadways.

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NBC5 News reporter Roma Villavicencio comes from Southern California where she reported for Garden Grove TV Channel 3.

She is a graduate of the journalism/communications program at Cal State Fullerton.

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