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Flash-flood watch issued for fire-ravaged areas in Santa Barbara County

October 12, 2009 | 10:56 pm

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood watch tonight for areas of Santa Barbara County that have been ravaged by wildfires.

The watch is in effect from tomorrow through Wednesday morning as a strong Pacific storm rolls into Central California. Rainfall is expected to increase throughout the day, with the heaviest rainfall coming Tuesday afternoon, according to the Weather Service.

The storm is expected to move south and dump from 3 to 6 inches of rain in fire-ravaged areas in Los Angeles County beginning Tuesday night.

In Santa Barbara County, the La Brea fire burned more than 87,000 acres in the Los Padres National Forest in August. Authorities said the blaze was started by an illegal marijuana-growing operation. And in May, the Jesusita fire burned 8,733 acres in the Santa Barbara foothills. The blaze burned 80 houses, damaged 15 others and injured 32 firefighters.

-- Robert J. Lopez

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