With More Rain on the Way, Mandatory Evacuations Remain in Place in Woolsey Fire Burn Area

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Although debris flows failed to materialize when a winter storm dumped rain in Woolsey Fire burn areas Tuesday, mandatory evacuations remained in place in Los Angeles and Ventura counties with more precipitation expected in the coming days.

Specific properties in the following areas received door-knock notifications and posted notices at their residences Monday night and evacuations began Tuesday morning in the Malibu area:

  • Corral Canyon / El Nido
  • Escondido / Old Chimney
  • Escondido Drive / Latigo Canyon
  • Malibu West / Trancas Canyon
  • Malibou Lake
  • All of Ramirez Canyon Road and adjacent streets
  • Paradise Cove Mobile Home Park & Restaurant

The following areas were under mandatory evacuation in Ventura County later Tuesday evening, according to the Ventura County Office of Emergency Services:

  • South Coast of Ventura County (Deer Creek/Yerba Buena)
  • Matilija / Wheeler Springs / North fork (extending along Oso Road)

In addition, voluntary evacuations are in place for the areas of Ventura, La Conchita and East Ojai. Residents in Camarillo Springs, Nye Road and areas west Highway 33 are advised to be aware of changing weather conditions and be ready to evacuate.

Yerba Buena Road, from Ellice Street to Yellow Hill Road in the south coast area of Ventura County was closed Tuesday.

In the city of Ventura, Harbor Boulevard was closed between Sanjon Road and Ventura Pier.

The Calabasas/Agoura Community Center on 27040  Malibu Hills Rd. was open Tuesday evening  as an evacuation center for those affected by the storms.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials announced the opening of the following shelters for large animals:

  • Hansen Dam Equestrian Center
    11127 Orcas Ave., Lakeview Terrace
  • Pierce College
    6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills

Malibu's public schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

  •  Juan Cabrillo Elementary School
  •  Point Dume Marine Science School
  •  Webster Elementary School
  •  Malibu Middle and High School

Heavy rain was expected through Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

A total of 1.5 to 3 inches of rain is predicted in Los Angeles, Ventura and the Santa Barbara south coast, with up to 4.5 inches in south facing slopes and the Santa Monica Mountains, according to the weather service.

Residents can expected widespread heavy rain, isolated thunderstorms and gusty southeast winds.

Later in the week, rain could still bring mud and debris flows near recent burn areas, rockslides across canyon roads, significant travel delays due to road closures, stream and creek flooding, as well as roadway flooding.

Sand bags are available at fire stations in several different locations.

An evacuation order was in place in Santa Barbara County Tuesday morning, but the order was lifted in all areas at around 6 p.m.

Evacuated residents returning to their homes who need a wheelchair or other specialized transport needs can call Easy Lift at 805-681-1180.

A winter storm warning is in effect for mountain areas of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

The storm was also expected to dump snow at elevations of 5,500 to 6,500 feet, with one to two feet of snow expected above 6,500 feet.

Motorists are advised to keep an extra flashlight, food and water in vehicles in case of emergency.

Rain will continue through Friday, before a warming and drying trend is expected to take over, the weather service reported.

However, it's still possible that another, weaker storm system could move into the area next week, according to the agency.

KTLA’s Nouran Salahieh contributed to this story.

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