DAVENPORT, Calif. — Officials are asking residents to leave their homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where summer wildfires have made conditions ripe for mudslides.
With heavy rain falling, the Santa Cruz County Emergency Operations Center issued a reverse 911 calling system Tuesday alerting residents in Davenport to evacuate. The voluntary advisory affects about 60 homes.
Spokeswoman Dinah Phillips did not know how many people heeded the warning.
The Lockheed Fire burned 7,817 acres, or 12 square miles, in August. With little vegetation now on the hillsides, heavy rain could lead to mudslides and debris flow.
WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Nearly 1,000 firefighters are working to contain a blaze in California's Santa Cruz Mountains, and officials say they made good progress overnight.
The wildfire in the rugged area north of Santa Cruz began around 3 a.m. Sunday and has forced the evacuation of about 85 homes. Fueled by high winds, the fire grew to about 600 acres by nightfall, destroying a trailer and two outbuildings, and was 20 percent contained.
The flames are burning in the same place where a wildfire scorched 4,200 acres last May.
State Fire Battalion Chief Jim Crawford says officials still are evaluating Monday morning's containment numbers.
Crawford says two firefighters have suffered minor injuries.
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. — A powerful fall storm packing strong winds and rain eased Wednesday without causing the widespread mudslides and debris flows that California residents had feared.
The storm delivered its biggest punch to northern and central areas, knocking out power to nearly 700,000 utility customers from Bakersfield in the southern San Joaquin Valley to Eureka on the north coast.
A mandatory evacuation order remained in effect for residents of about 40 homes in central coast mountains near Watsonville, east of Monterey Bay, due to mudslides, said Chris Hirsch, a spokeswoman for Santa Cruz County emergency services.
A house in Corralitos was left surrounded by mud that buried cars up to their windows and a basketball hoop up to the net.
A dozen other homes were isolated because fallen trees and debris blocked roads.