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Mudslide in Malibu wildfire zone prompts evacuations as flash flooding in Northern California hits area affected by deadly Camp Fire

Los Angeles County authorities have ordered evacuations in a small Malibu community within a wildfire burn zone where a mudslide has blocked roads amid heavy rains.

Sheriff’s Deputy Joana Warren says residents of several homes were ordered to leave as streets filled with mud, ash and debris during a downpour. She says no injuries are reported.

The storm has knocked out power and flooded roadways across Southern California.

Residents below wildfire burn scars and near creeks and streams are advised to be alert until the wet weather moves through Thursday night.

A mandatory evacuation remains ordered for Trabuco Canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains, where a wildfire burned earlier this year.

Rainfall rates in the area reached a half-inch (127 millimeters) or greater in an hour.

In Northern California, a heavy downpour on Thursday also prompted road closures and evacuations in a wildfire-scarred area devastated by the Camp Fire.

Firmware engineer Dale Word of Chico was forced to evacuate his home for the second time this month.

Word said he waded out in thigh-high water until the rain receded enough for him to return. He said the water-related evacuation of a dozen homes in his neighborhood was brief.

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