County roads in Station Fire area to close in advance of rain

Several county roads within the the Station Fire burn area will be closed early Sunday morning, in anticipation of a series of powerful, wet storms that are expected to drop heavy rain on fire-denuded hillsides.

Beginning Sunday at 4 a.m., the Angeles Forest Highway, Big Tujunga Canyon Road, and Upper Big Tujunga Road will be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles and Los Angeles County Department of Water and Power personnel, said utility spokesperson Kathy Salama.

With rain on the way, the Los Angeles Fire Department and Bureau of Street Services is making ready-to-fill sandbags available citywide today.

To find the nearest fire station or Street Services location, dial 311 or go to lafd.org or Bureau of Street Services.

Residents will need to fill the bags themselves, but shovels will be provided at the Street Services yards, official said. Residents can take up to 25 free bags, according to the Bureau of Street Services.

Firefighters are also warning people to stay way from flood-control channels and streams that can turn into raging rapids amid a downpour. Swiftwater rescue crews are bracing for what is billed a week's worth of rain.

Electricity outages or downed power lines can be reported to the Department of Water and Power by calling (800) DIAL-DWP.

Motorists should be wary of standing water -- San Fernando Valley roads crossing the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area are routinely closed due to flooding during downpours -- to avoid stalls.

Clogged street drains, potholes, downed trees and other storm-related problems can be reported to by calling 311 or (866) 4-LACITY.

The surf will also be up, and anyone who ventures too close to the breaking waves could be in danger. Walking out on jetties is ill-advised, since unpredictable sets of larger-than-normal waves and a rising tide can catch people off guard. Plus, urban runoff is expected to foul the water for days.