California storm follows fires, bringing new round of danger

  • A fireman checks on a clogged storm drain in the wildfire damaged Coffey Park neighborhood, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Storms brought rain to California on Monday and increased the risk of mudslides in fire-ravaged communities in devastated northern wine country and authorities to order evacuations farther south for towns below hillsides burned by the state’s largest-ever wildfire. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

LOS ANGELES — The same Californians who had to flee from huge wildfires in recent months now have to deal with hard rains that bring another type of danger.

Storms dumping rain on the state have increased the risk of mudslides in fire-ravaged communities.

Northern California was hit hardest Monday evening, while Southern California was bracing for the worst to arrive overnight.

Both regions have been plagued by destructive wildfires.

Property owners stacked sandbags in devastated northern wine country areas where deadly fires struck in October and well over an inch of rain had fallen Monday night.

To the south in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, evacuations were called for over 20,000 people in neighborhoods below hillsides left bare by the state’s largest wildfire in history. Mud and debris flows are a serious threat.

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