Residents of Redwood and Potter Valleys Warned That Storm May Cause Landslides in Area of Last Year’s Fires

Redwood Valley Fire Aftermath Mendocino

Redwood Valley Fire Aftermath [Photo by Lynn Harrington]

Press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

Today (4/6/18) through Sunday (4/8/18) forecast rainfall amounts in the Redwood Fire burn area may be significant enough to cause localized landslides, debris flows, or flooding in some areas of the burn scar. Residents are urged to monitor conditions in their area for potential risks to property and life safety. The National Weather Service is not forecasting major debris flows, landslides, or flooding at this time, just localized issues.

The National Weather Service is currently forecasting that the most significant rainfall rates will be tonight (April 6, 2018) into tomorrow morning (Saturday April 7th). At the time of this release, the National Weather Service has a Flood Advisory and Watch Flood for portions of Mendocino County stating that “Small streams will become swollen and fast moving. They may exceed their banks and cause flooding. Low lying areas and both rural and urban roads may also flood.”

County Department of Transportation will be patrolling the roads throughout the night and public safety agencies will continuously be monitoring conditions. If residents see an issue along the County Roads, call the County Department of Transportation at (707) 463-4363; if it is an emergency call 911.

If residents believe there is an immediate emergency or risk to property or life please call 911 and leave the area. If residents believe there might be a potential land slide or debris flow issue, but not an immediate emergency, please reach out to…qualified professionals to request an assessment of the area.

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