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FireWatch: CalFire warns rain on Mountain Fire burn scar could bring flash flooding

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SISKIYOU COUNTY, Cal. -- CalFire is warning people in Siskiyou County today that forecast rain could cause flash flooding near areas burned by the Mountain Fire.

It says more than a thousand firefighting personnel are working on the fire that started two weeks ago today about ten miles west of Weed.  It says 27 hand crews, 63 fire engines, 14 bulldozers, eight helicopters and 28 water tenders involve 1,108 personnel fighting the Mountain Fire today.  CalFire lists the Mountain Fire's size at 13,440 acres and containment of the wildfire at 85%, burning mountainous timber in southern Siskiyou County.

CalFire says, "Increased clouds and light showers are predicted throughout the weekend which could result in flash flooding or flooding near burn areas.  Burn areas are at increased risk of flash flooding and debris flows."

CalFire said late Friday that while crews mop-up and patrol the wildfire area, they are working in steep, rugged terrain to make steady progress towards full containment.

It asks people be cautious of emergency vehicles while driving in the area.  It also says readyforwildfire.org has information about returning home after a wildfire.

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