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Why California's mudslides are so devastating
(CNN)Southern Californians can't get a break from nature. First, wildfires scorched a massive area northwest of Los Angeles. Now catastrophic mudslides have swallowed homes and killed at least 15 people.
But a variety of unique factors have made this latest destruction especially calamitous.
Wildfires just torched the area
Last month the sprawling Thomas Fire destroyed more than 282,000 acres -- the equivalent of more than Dallas and Miami combined...