A firefighter with Los Angeles County checks for hot spots along Highway 26 in Mokelumne Hill during the Butte fire in September, which denuded 71,000 acres and burned 475 homes. Mudslides and flash floods are the main concerns in counties hit hard by wildfires this fall as they find themselves racing against time to clean debris and shore up hillsides as winter rains set in.
A firefighter with Los Angeles County checks for hot spots along Highway 26 in Mokelumne Hill during the Butte fire in September, which denuded 71,000 acres and burned 475 homes. Mudslides and flash floods are the main concerns in counties hit hard by wildfires this fall as they find themselves racing against time to clean debris and shore up hillsides as winter rains set in. Lezlie Sterling lsterling@sacbee.com
A firefighter with Los Angeles County checks for hot spots along Highway 26 in Mokelumne Hill during the Butte fire in September, which denuded 71,000 acres and burned 475 homes. Mudslides and flash floods are the main concerns in counties hit hard by wildfires this fall as they find themselves racing against time to clean debris and shore up hillsides as winter rains set in. Lezlie Sterling lsterling@sacbee.com

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