Evacuation Orders Lifted for Woolsey Fire Burn Areas

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Evacuation orders have been lifted for Woolsey Fire burn areas, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department announced Saturday evening.

"The potential for falling rocks and mud and debris flow still exists and residents should maintain good situational awareness when reentering the area," the agency said. "Residents returning to evacuated areas can expect to see continuous running water at Arizona crossings and light mud and rock coverage on portions of roadway. Many canyon and local roads will be slippery and all motorists are urged to drive cautiously and slow down."

A powerful storm triggered flooding and debris flow earlier on Saturday, prompting road closures and mandatory evacuation orders for some neighborhoods for the Malibu West neighborhood and the Seminole Springs mobile home community in Agoura Hills. The Sheriff's Department lifted the orders by around 5:30 p.m.

Forecasters had issued a flash flood warning effective through 3 p.m.  for Malibu along with other areas affected by last year's Woolsey Fire, including Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Calabasas.

The agency urged residents to avoid walking and driving through flood waters and immediately move to higher ground.

Nearly 400,000 people could be affected, according to NWS.

The Woolsey Fire, which ignited on Nov. 8, scorched nearly 97,000 acres in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. It was contained on Nov. 21.

Road closures

Officials shut down the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu due to a mudslide near the Ventura County line on Saturday morning. They also blocked other streets because of debris and flooding.

  • PCH North and South-bound lanes from Broad Beach Road to Las Posas Road
  • Kanan Road from PCH to Triunfo Road
  • PCH from Ventura County Line/Los Angeles County Line to Kanan Road
  • Malibu Canyon between Piuma Road and Malibu Crest
  • Lindero Canyon between Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Blackbird Road

Storm affecting other parts of SoCal

Saturday's storm also caused concern and tragedy in other parts of Southern California.

A crash on the 5 Freeway near Pyramid Lake killed a member of the Ventura County Sheriff's search and rescue team and injured several others.

In the Montecito area, where mudslides killed 23 people in January 2018, officials partially shut down the 101 Freeway due to heavy flooding.

Mandatory evacuation orders were also in effect for Holy Fire burn areas in Riverside counties. Evacuation orders for Orange County were lifted about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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