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By Phil Helsel
LOS ANGELES ̵
1; Heavy rainfall that hit an area killed by the deadliest firefight in California’s recorded history caused floods that led to evacuation of space and closed part of a highway on Thursday, officials said.
Butte County Sheriff Office issued a evacuation order for an area east of Chico, a city near the Camp Burn Burn area after storms dumped as much as 1-one-and-a-half rain in the area burned by the fire, and after thunderstorms dropped another 1¼ inches, officials said.
Butte County Sheriff Sgt. Brad Meyer told the NBC affiliate KNVN of Chico that the flood of several feet struck some residents in an area near Honey Run Road and Horse Run Lane, the crew used fleets to reach around 12 homes.
“It’s serious. The water is coming up, so we want to make sure we make everybody feel we can,” he said, adding that the depth was a few meters above the road.
Rick Carhart, a public information officer for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Butte Unit, said that a quick water rescue team was deployed and three homes evacuated by boat in that area.
A evacuation order remains for the devastated city of Paradise, which was mostly destroyed in Camp Fire, which began on November 8 and rinsed at least 88 deaths.
The floods on Honey Run Road and floods that caused the closure of a section of Highway 99 south of Chico were caused, at least in part, by rainfall that fell in the Camp Fire Burn area, which can not absorb the same water as it would if it did not burn, said Cindy Matthews, the national road officer.
Adding the floods in areas south of the burning area is a thunderstorm that stood over the area she said.
“The same areas have repeatedly met with moderate to rain, “Matthews said. The rain in the area was expected to be in the afternoon, she said.
A section of Highway 99 south of Chico was closed due to flooding, said transport officials. Chico Police Department on Twitter said there were reports of many flooded roads, but a police official said flooding was not due to the latest fire. A warning flood warning was in effect for parts of the burn range until 9:15 p.m. Local time (12:15 AM).
Rain is also falling in southern California in an area burned by another fire, the so-called Woolsey Fire, which also broke out on November 8 and destroyed more than 1600 structures. National Weather Service said that flood advice was in force for the area and warned of possible clay and litter flows in burned areas.