LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 (UPI) — California residents forced out their homes by dry-season wildfires faced evacuation Tuesday because of the risk of wet-season mudslides, officials said.
Mandatory evacuations were issued for 65 homes in Davenport in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Monterey, KGO-TV reported. They are in an area burned by the Lockheed Fire.
The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for fire-ravaged areas around Santa Barbara and for areas near Los Angeles hit by the massive Station Fire, which took a month to contain after it began in late August, the Los Angeles Times said.
Much of California has been hit by a system combining an Alaskan storm and the remains of a typhoon from the Pacific. Forecasters predicted “moderate to heavy rain” and warned that once soil that has lost the root systems holding it on hillsides gets wet, debris flows and mudslides can begin even when no rain is falling.
“This heavy rainfall may create significant hazards in and around recent burn areas, with a threat of flash flooding and debris flows over the burn areas of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties,” the NWS said.
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