How Wildfires Increase the Threat of Flooding and Debris Flows

Long after the fire is out, the threat of a natural disaster remains in California's burn areas remain

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When a brush fire strips a hillside of vegetation, a water repellent layer of soil forms that prevents absorption as rain falls.

Above, NBC4 forecaster Belen De Leon illustrates why downpours and burn scars are a dangerous combination.

When it rains after wildfires, the risk of flooding is heightened. Here's how.
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