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Flash flood watch issued for Northern California burn area

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/20/2019
This Nov. 25, 2018, photo shows steep mountain slopes left barren by a wildfire called the Woolsey Fire, west of Malibu, Calif. A powerful winter storm unleashed mudslides in Southern California wildfire burn areas and trapped motorists on a major highway, and the northern part of the state braced for more wet weather Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Saturday's deluge loosened hillsides where a major blaze burned in 2018 in and around Malibu, clogging the Pacific Coast Highway with mud and debris. (AP Photo/John Antczak) © John Antczak/AP Photo This Nov. 25, 2018, photo shows steep mountain slopes left barren by a wildfire called the Woolsey Fire, west of Malibu, Calif. A powerful winter storm unleashed mudslides in Southern California wildfire burn areas and trapped motorists on a major highway, and the northern part of the state braced for more wet weather Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Saturday's deluge loosened hillsides where a major blaze burned in 2018 in and around Malibu, clogging the Pacific Coast Highway with mud and debris. (AP Photo/John Antczak)

OROVILLE, Calif. — Another Pacific storm moving into Northern California has prompted a flash flood watch for communities hit by last year's devastating wildfire.

The National Weather Service says mud and debris flows are possible in and around the town of Paradise through 9 p.m. Sunday.

Forecasters say thunderstorms packing heavy rainfall could cause small rivers and creeks to rise quickly.

No evacuations have been ordered but the Butte County Sherriff's Office says residents should be prepared to leave if flooding occurs.

Paradise was virtually incinerated two months ago by the Camp Fire that killed 86 people and destroyed nearly 15,000 homes.

California was walloped last week by winter storms that caused at least five deaths and left thousands without power.

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