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Rain Brings New Concerns in White Fire Zone

Published On: Feb 26 2014 09:50:28 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 26 2014 09:52:44 PM CST

Now that the rain is here, there's a new concern. Can our hills handle the rain or will there be mudslides. Senior Reporter John Palminteri reports.


The bare hills in the White Fire zone of the Santa Ynez Valley are now facing a  new concern with two winter storms passing through.

The area off Paradise Rd. in the Upper Oso campground burned over the Memorial Day weekend last year.   Since then, there's been little or no regrowth.

A campground host Bob Hart says he asked some hikers to make sure they got out before the rains came down.  Hart says he will stay in his trailer through the storms but does expect over five inches of rain in the hills above his campground site.

Water officials say the storm will start the process to soak the dry soil but it will not contribute to the badly needed runoff for Lake Cachuma which is at 39 percent of its capacity.

Deer grazing along Paradise Rd. will also enjoy new fresh water sources since the nearby Santa Ynez River, has long stretches where the water flow has disappeared.


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