Warnings and Advisories

Flash flood watch issued for wildfire burn areas throughout Santa Barbara County

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - A flash flood watch has been issued for vast portions of the state including Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties as heavy rain rolls through Sunday afternoon.

Possible thunderstorms could bring over one inch per hour across the affected regions.

Burn areas in Santa Barbara County will be especially vulnerable to flooding during the rainfall.

The Whittier Fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Alamo Fire near Santa Maria have a greater risk of debris flow and mudslides.

The flash flood watch will be in place until 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Ventura County could also see extensive rain fall. The mountains of Los Angeles near the large La Tuna Fire are also under advisory.

Southern California residents, in or below the recently burned areas are urged to take the steps necessary to protect their property. People in the watch area should remain alert and follow directions of emergency preparedness officials.

Do not under any circumstances drive into flooded intersections as most flash flood fatalities occur in automobiles.

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