Images from mud flows and flooding in Southern California

We spent a few minutes on Twitter Tuesday evening looking for information about the impacts of the very heavy rain northwest of Los Angeles over the last 24 hours. The freshly barren burned hills above some of these areas contributed to the extraordinary amount of water and debris transported into the communities.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

5 thoughts on “Images from mud flows and flooding in Southern California”

  1. IT SEEMS AS IF ,MAYBE THERE IS SOME CORRELATION BETWEEN NEARLY 10 MILLION ACRES BURNED ,AND LAST NIGHTS SEVERE FLOODING NEAR SANTA BARBARA?
    PERHAPS THERE SHOULD BE RETHINKING OF FIRE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES.
    READERS SHOULD NOTE SOME OF YOUR COGENT THOUGHTS IN YOUR ARTICLE BELOW; “NEARLY A RECORD BREAKING YEAR”—-

    1. Chuck – are you suggesting that Fire folks in SoCal didn’t take immediate and aggressive initial action on these fires becsuse of “Fire Management strategies”?

  2. i have yet to see any news on flooding or landslides in the santa rosa area,is it all ok there?..or is socal news just more important again?..weve had as much rainfall as they have,and the fires in that santa rosa area were just as devastating,so why is it not happening up here?..seems odd to me..my local news (sac area) was saying 15 dead 25+ injured now in socal.its just devastating how is it Cal fires fault?..heard several people complaining that cal fire needs to do more and better during fires…how is that possible?..

    1. It’s all about the terrain. Do you realize how massive and high the Santa Ynez mountains above SB and Montecito are? It’s a huge drainage area (watershed). The altitude determines the power of falling water. The energy contained in those flows must have been awesome. Back to question ~ The Santa Rosa area is relatively flat, no high mountains nearby. There are hills and burned areas, but so much of the devastation was actually in town, pretty flat streets. They’ll have flooding and problems with mud-flows, runoffs also,
      but radically less than the communities below the mountains.

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