The first significant rain of the season is heading toward wildfire-scarred California.
The National Weather Service says a storm approaching the West Coast will bring rain by Monday, mostly in the northern and central portions of the state. It’s not clear how much will reach Southern California.
The U.S. Geological Survey has warned that this season’s rains could unleash debris flows into Los Angeles’ foothill suburbs below slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains stripped by a 250-square-mile wildfire this summer.
The emergency assessement warns that some areas have an 80 percent probability of massive flows.
In Santa Barbara, slopes burned bare above the city in May are being stabilized by a coat of organic mulch.