The Latest: Problems expected from Southern California rain
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):
Forecasters say rain expected over areas of Southern California burned by recent wildfires will probably be significant enough to cause problems.
The National Weather Service says the rain will spread into the region Wednesday afternoon and evening, and meteorologists have added a slight chance of thunderstorms.
The service says mudslides and rock slides will be possible, especially in areas burned this month by the Woolsey and Hill fires west of Los Angeles.
The latest assessment of the 151-square-mile (391-square-kilometer) Woolsey Fire shows 1,643 structures destroyed and 364 damaged.
The fire was 98 percent contained as of Tuesday evening.
Light right is falling in some areas of Northern California, where a deadly wildfire has been burning for nearly two weeks.
Moderate rain is expected later Wednesday in the Paradise burn area, where a wildfire killed at least 81 people and destroyed more than 13,000 homes.
Rain forecast through the Thanksgiving weekend could aid crews fighting wildfires while complicating efforts to recover human remains.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch, saying brief periods of heavy rain could unleash mudslides.
Rain is expected along the central coast and in Southern California later in the day.
Rain in the forecast starting Wednesday could aid crews fighting Northern California’s deadly wildfire while raising the risk of debris flows and complicating efforts to recover remains.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch Wednesday for the decimated town of Paradise and nearby communities.
The Camp Fire, which has burned nearly 238 square miles (616 square kilometers) and destroyed around 13,000 homes, is 75 percent contained.
Teams continue sifting through ash and debris as they search for bodies.
With the death toll at 81 in the state’s most destructive wildfire, there are still nearly 870 people still unaccounted for.