LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rain from a powerful fall storm is drenching fire-scarred hillsides around California and residents from north to south are braced for possible mudslides and debris flows.
The storm, packing powerful winds, prompted evacuation warnings yesterday near Santa Cruz and disrupted power across the state.
Officials urged residents to evacuate from about 60 homes in the town of Davenport in the Santa Cruz Mountains, 50 miles south of San Francisco, where more than six inches of rain fell on an area that burned in August.
Residents in the area of the massive Station Fire in Los Angeles County are also on guard. The wildfire burned into the backyards of foothill homes in September. It stripped the steep mountains of vegetation that holds the soil to the slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains.