Out many a backyard, views of California canyons are beautiful and full of wildlife. Canyons are places of charm until hit with natural disasters. The winter rainy season grows brush, and our dry summers create kindling that will flame up with smoke. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. After a fire, there’s the creeping fear of flowing mud. During the last month while most of the U.S. had snowstorms, California had rain.
L.A. Times writer Thomas Curwen describes the danger lurking in La Cresenta from the six-day Station Fire. Streets became streams, filled with a torrent of stones, branches and mud. Hills slide later, usually with a second rainstorm. People in canyon areas read the mud4cast, a division of National Weather Service. At present, the mud has only slid onto roads, and the Department of Public Works is clearing it.
The good news– architects such as Marmol Radziner, Los Angeles, design homes against fire and mudslides.