Extreme weather taking over California: Floods, mudslides, wildfires
Updated: August 4, 2014 - 08:03 pm
Over 30 homes damaged in Southern California storms
MOUNT BALDY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say more than 30 homes have been damaged after flash floods struck Southern California mountains - at least a dozen of them so severely that they're uninhabitable.
The Mount Baldy fire chief said Monday that some 25 houses are damaged and six of those are uninhabitable after a flash flood that ripped through his town.
Fire officials previously said between six and eight homes have the similar severe damages about 50 miles away near Forest Falls.
Mount Baldy fire Chief Bill Stead says the most significant damage in this tiny resort town popular with skiers and hikers is in the Goat Hill area where a rockslide buried some homes up to their roofs.
Dozens of volunteers are shoveling mud out of homes, digging out cars and removing large rocks by hand.
Wildfires menace homes in Northern California
BURNEY, Calif. (AP) - Officials hope humid conditions will aid firefighters battling two wildfires in Northern California that have scorched more than 100 square miles and are menacing a small town.
State fire spokeswoman Capt. Amy Head said Monday that the worst of the two fires raging within miles of each other threatens more than 700 structures.
Authorities report that eight homes have burned as a result of the blazes and residents in the town of Burney face possible evacuation.
Meanwhile, a major wildfire in the Siskiyou Mountains along the Oregon-California border has slowed as temperatures cooled, but it still jeopardizes 270 homes after burning six.