Residents of Los Angeles and Ventura counties reeling from the 100,000-acre Woolsey fire can breathe easy for now — the first post-fire rainfall came and went without significant mudslides or debris flow from fire-scarred hillsides.
The Southland received a quarter of an inch to an inch of rain overnight. Authorities and emergency officials had braced for the possibility that the rainfall could trigger mudslides and flooding in burn areas, particularly in the steep canyons of Malibu.
A flood advisory issued by the National Weather Service overnight remained in effect until 3 a.m.
“We were on alert, and we are still on alert for mudslides. At this point we haven’t received any news regarding mudslides,” said Deputy Armando Viera of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department information bureau. “It’s good news for the people in Malibu. … They’ve been through a lot.”
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