Some residents in the Creek Fire burn area are under mandatory evacuation orders
Los Angeles has finally stopped burning, but rain has given fire survivors something new to worry about: mudslides and flash flooding.
Recent burn areas are susceptible to mudslides and landslides when it rains, since they have little or no vegetation to absorb water or hold hillsides together. In response to the rainy forecast for today and Tuesday, authorities are evacuating some burn areas and warning residents in others to be prepared to go at a moment’s notice.
Areas burned by last month’s Creek Fire are under mandatory evacuations due to today’s rainfall and more rain in the forecast.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tweeted just after 12:30 p.m. today that it was beginning mandatory evacuations for residents in the Kagel Canyon, Lopez Canyon, and Little Tujunga areas. Another tweet from the sheriff’s department showes officers going door to door throughout some of the foothill canyon neighborhoods alerting residents.
At 320 pm, light to moderate rain overspreading much of SBA, Ventura, and LA counties. Heavier rainfall still on track for overnight into Tuesday morning. #CAstorm #LArain #cawx #LAWeather pic.twitter.com/xTgwtqEZVA
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) January 8, 2018
**Keep yourself and your family safe. Always heed evacuation orders.** pic.twitter.com/osD7iogILn
— Los Angeles County (@CountyofLA) January 8, 2018
A shelter for evacuees has been set up at the Sun Valley Recreation Center, at 8133 Vineland Avenue, and a shelter for large animals is in place at Pierce College, at 6201 Winnetka Avenue in Woodland Hills. (It was previously located at the Hansen Dam, but was later moved to Pierce College.)
2949 Mystic View Pl; 3430-3436 Brace Canyon Rd; 3301-3310 Brookshire Ct; 3318, 3321, 3322, 3422 Wedgewood Ct; 3514-3519 Folkstone Ct; 3529-3530 Castleman Ln. An Evacuation Site is available at McCambridge Recreation Center (1515 N Glenoaks Blvd). pic.twitter.com/QwUkZizlG6
— City of Burbank (@BurbankCA) January 8, 2018
In some areas around the La Tuna Canyon fire burn zones, the California Highway Patrol, LA Department of Transportation and the city’s fire and police departments will be closing certain roads to local traffic only, Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted today.
(1/3) Due to amount of rainfall affecting areas around La Tuna Canyon Fire & anticipated debris flow, LAPD, LAFD, CHP, & LADOT will be initiating road closures in burn area beginning at 9 PM this evening. Following roads will be closed, open to residents with proper ID only:
— Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) January 9, 2018
Slightly older burn areas, like those scorched by 2016’s Fish Fire, are potentially in danger of mudslides. The city of Duarte announced that it is putting about 180 homes under a mandatory evacuation alert starting tonight at 7 p.m.
Residents living in the Skirball fire area, though not under evacuation at this time, also received alerts from the city’s NotifyLA emergency warning system that they should prepare for the possibility of evacuations later tonight.
The National Weather Service anticipates Downtown LA could get 2.3 inches between today and Wednesday morning. Woodland Hills might receive almost 3.3 inches in the same period.
A flash flood watch is in effect through Tuesday evening. The advisory says: “Rainfall rates between one half and one inch per hour are possible during the peak of the storm… While the recent burn areas are most threatened and should be emphasized, flash flooding is possible nearly anywhere in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties.”