Warnings Issued for LA County Burn Areas; State resources in position

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Los Angeles County Public Works issued its own winter storm warning to people in scorched areas on Wednesday, with the potential for heavy rains imminent in Southern California.

Additionally, the California Office of Emergency Services said it has already positioned people and equipment near burn scars in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

“Peak precipitation rates are expected to reach 0.75 inches per hour,” the public works advisory said. “County agencies are working in unified command to advise residents on how to prepare for this storm event and potentially evacuate 56 most-at-risk households in the Bobcat Fire (San Gabriel Valley) and Lake Fire burn areas. (north of the county).”

The Bobcat Fire from September to October 2020 burned 115,796 acres in the Angeles National Forest, City of Monrovia, Juniper Hills, Littlerock, Pearblossom, Llano and Valyermo. The fire damaged or destroyed 194 structures

Officials are also concerned about the August 2020 Lake Fire area, which burned 31,089 acres in the Lake Hughes area and damaged or destroyed 45 structures.

Residents in affected areas have been urged to prepare ahead of time by placing sandbags around properties and keeping trash cans off the streets.

Motorists have been warned to avoid driving on mountain roads or through pools or fast flowing water in recently burned areas.

The Office of Emergency Services said it has already positioned fire engines, bulldozers, aircraft and swift-water rescue teams near the Bobcat and Emigrant burn scars in Los Angeles County and near the Bond and Silverado burn scars in Orange County.

Warnings Issued for LA County Burn Areas; State resources in position was last modified: December 29, 2021 through Contributing Editor

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