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Fire officials order evacuation of 40 homes in Acton

Powerful storm predicted to pummel the Santa Clarita Valley tomorrow

Posted: January 19, 2010 6:53 p.m.
Updated: January 19, 2010 6:51 p.m.
Fire officials have issued a mandatory evacuation of 40 homes in Acton, effective 9 a.m. Wednesday, hours before forecasters predict the most powerful storm of the week will begin.

The evacuation orders cover 40 homes in Acton in addition to more than 400 others throughout areas burned by the Station Fire in La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Glendale.

"We are involved in a race against mother nature," said Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman during a news conference tonight. "If she wins the race, there's no way we can assume firefighters ... can get into your neighborhoods and make rescues."

Tuesday's storm dumped nearly an inch of rain on the Santa Clarita Valley, flooding roadways and contributing to several seemingly minor crashes throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

Meanwhile, fire officials urged Acton residents to take today's evacuation orders seriously, and said the orders could remain in effect as late as Monday.

The strong storm is expected to hit the Santa Clarita Valley in the early afternoon, dumping 4 to 8 more inches of rain on the Santa Clarita Valley through Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Pending the worst-case scenario, residents would be let back into their homes on Monday, said Chief Neil Tyler of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Flash flood and debris flow warnings remain in effect for areas burned by the Station Fire.


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