Rain Falls on Southern California Burn Areas

Southern California's weather turned from dangerously dry to extremely wet Friday as a storm dropped rain on areas burned in recent wildfires, raising the threat of flash floods and mudslides.

A flash flood warning was posted in north-central San Diego County where the Poomacha and Rice wildfires of late October left thousands of acres barren. One gauge in the area had recorded more than an inch of rain by late morning, with more to come, the National Weather Service said.

Flash flood watches were issued for many other areas of Southern
California including Malibu, where the most recent blaze fanned by
powerful, dry Santa Ana winds scorched 4,900 acres on slopes and in
canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains.

The rain also turned commuting into a mess.

A tractor-trailer rig went out of control before dawn on Interstate 5 in Orange County and all lanes were blocked for hours as firefighters worked to rescue the driver of a pickup truck that became wedged under the trailer. Traffic backed up for miles on the major route.

Problems were compounded by a man who threatened to jump from an
overpass on the Pasadena Freeway just north of downtown Los
Angeles, closing the route until he was talked down, the California
Highway Patrol said.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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