While record-breaking heat and fires sweep across Southern California, one community is bracing for another problem: a potential flood.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for mountain areas in Ventura County. Thunderstorms were dropping water over Mt. Pinos and Frazier Park in northern central areas of the county.
The storm had remained in place long enough that officials became worried about excessive precipitation.
“There are some areas that are notorious for flooding, with some of the rivers and low lying areas,” said NWS meteorologist Curt Kaplan. “We did get reports that there was some flooding in the Pine Mountain Club area.”
Heat and gusty winds have fueled fires all across Southern California, particularly in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, where more than a thousand fire fighters have battled the Alamo and Whittier fires, but struggle to contain it.
Despite the rainfall, Kaplan said there is a chance that lightning from the thunderstorm could also start another fire.
“Even though it’s a little bit more humid today than in the last few days, there’s always that chance of getting a lightning strike that could hit the ground,” he said.
Since the fuels are very dry, there’s always a chance something could “spark up,” he said.
Correction: A previous version of this story misspelled Curt Kaplan's first name.