US Mudslides threaten California areas scorched by wildfires

01:00  09 january  2018
01:00  09 january  2018 Source:   NBC News

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Image: A member of the National Guard puts back up a © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: A member of the National Guard puts back up a "road closed" sign after it was blown down by the wind while manning a roadblock to evacuated homes in Santa Barbara, California on Dec. 20, 2017.A member of the National Guard puts back up a "road closed" sign after it was blown down by the wind while manning a roadblock to evacuated homes in Santa Barbara, California on Dec. 20, 2017.

Mudslides and flashfloods, or at least the potential for them, raised new danger Southern California on Monday as mandatory evacuations were issued for regions already devastated by wildfires and now facing the first major rainstorm of the season.

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"This strong storm is expected to produce heavy rain, high winds and extremely dangerous flash flooding, mud and debris flows," Santa Barbara County officials warned. "Flash floods, mud and debris flows can happen with little or no warning."

Santa Barbara County officials issued evacuations beginning at 12 p.m. PST (3 p.m. ET) on Monday for areas below the burn areas of the Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa and Rey fires "due to an approaching winter storm."

The mandatory evacuation order was issued for unincorporated parts of Santa Barbara County, Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria, the county said. Areas along Tecolote Canyon, Eagle Canyon, Dos Pueblos Canyon, Gato Canyon, and Whittier burn areas near Goleta were also included in that order.

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"People in these areas should take action to leave no later than 12 p.m. Monday," the warning read.

Voluntary evacuation warnings were issued for areas from south of California's Highway 192 to the Pacific Ocean and east of Hot Springs Road/Olive Mill Road to highway 150 and the county line.

"People in these areas should stay alert to changing conditions and be prepared to leave immediately at your own discretion if the situation worsens," the county said.

Several inches of rain were expected in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties — areas that were scorched by the Thomas fire and other recent wildfires stoked by dry Santa Ana winds.

The Thomas fire is the largest wildfire in California history, fire officials have said. The blaze has burned more than 280,000 acres since it broke out on Dec. 4 and is blamed for at least two deaths.

The fire was about 92 percent contained as of Sunday night, according to the Los Padres National Forest.

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State officials warned residents that last week's deadly mudslides underscored the need for residents of areas scorched by California 's wildfires to take safety precautions.

Steady rain fell Monday in Northern California, NBC Bay Area reported. That storm spread light rain across the Southern part of the state early Monday, according to NBC Los Angeles. A heavier band of rain was expected to move into the center of the state Monday night and then makes its way south, the Weather Channel reported.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for recent burn areas Monday night and through Tuesday.

"The first significant storm system is expected to move into Southern California today into Tuesday," the NWS said on Monday.

The service warned residents living in areas affected by the wildfires that "debris flows will occur tonight into Tuesday, when highest rainfall rates are expected."

In the foothills and mountains, 4 to 7 inches of rain were expected, with some isolated totals of up to 9 inches, the NWS said.

"This could be a critical event for folks out there," said Roy Lucksinger, principal meteorologist at the Weather Channel.

"This is the first significant rain the area has had in some time, it's the first where they've had to be concerned about the fire scarred areas of the hills," he added. Lucksinger said flooding and mudslides were always a concern in the foothills and mountains "when rain comes down quickly in a short amount of time like that."

Lucksinger said the rain will fall primarily on Monday into Tuesday around midday, with some lingering through the day.

"We're looking at a period of 24-36 hours where the rain is going to move through," he said.

2018's off to a rough start in California .
Californians battled calamities of every kind these first few days of the year.But lately, the Golden State has elicited visions of a different kind -- houses buried in mud, scorched hillsides and flu-stricken hospital patients.

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