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Mountain roads to be closed as rain threatens

April 11, 2010 | 11:58 am

Roads in the Angeles National Forest and in mudslide-prone foothill communities affected by the Station fire will be closed beginning early Monday due to the threat of heavy rains from a late-winter storm approaching Southern California, authorities said.

Angeles Forest Highway from Aliso Canyon Road to Angeles Crest Highway, Big Tujunga Canyon Road from Vogel Flats to Angeles Forest Highway, and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road from Angeles Forest Highway to Angeles Crest Highway will be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles.

The closures will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Residents in the burn areas will not be able to use the roads until the closures are lifted, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works said. The roads will reopen after the threat of rain has passed and safety inspections are conducted.

Parking also will be restricted on posted streets in La CaƱada Flintridge and La Crescenta until the rains have passed, authorities said.

The National Weather Services said the unseasonably strong storm could dump up to 3 inches of rain on south-facing mountains and foothills, with the heaviest rains across the burn areas expected between midnight and 6 a.m. Monday.

-- Carla Rivera