Irony writ large: Mudslide fears in a drought

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Under a large Oak tree that was saved from the fire, area residents take a tour of Deukmejian Wilderness Park, the first time since the recent Station Fire, in Glendale on Saturday October 10, 2009.  Residents learned what the city is doing to curtail mud flows in the coming rainy season.  (Raul Roa/News-Press)

Under a large Oak tree that was saved from the fire, area residents take a tour of Deukmejian Wilderness Park, the first time since the recent Station Fire, in Glendale on Saturday October 10, 2009. Residents learned what the city is doing to curtail mud flows in the coming rainy season. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

I stepped outside a few minutes ago for lunch, leaving the warm confines of the Glendale News-Press/Burbank Leader world headquarters, and into the downtown Glendale gloom. Almost immediately, I felt something on my face and shoulders I had not felt for what seems like forever: rain. Not heavy rain, mind you. Truly, it was hardly more than a light dusting.

But with moderate to heavy rain in the forecast tomorrow and Wednesday — and perhaps as early as tonight — that sprinkle must be driving fear into the hearts of residents in La Cañada and the Crescenta Valley.

The whole situation is painfully ironic. Due to the Station fire, the burned areas are in real danger of becoming mudslide areas — a disaster that could damage or destroy more homes than the fire itself. But that is not ironic. What makes this ironic is the fact that the fire likely grew as large as it did because of the dense brush — dense brush caused by our 3-years-and-counting drought.

I very much hope the rains continue to be light, and any damaged caused by the mudflows is minimal. I furthermore hope authorities catch the person — or persons — responsible for this horrible fire. Good luck to everyone up in the Foothills.

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Written by Times Community News

October 12, 2009 at 1:18 pm

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