CaliforniaStorm 2ndLd-Writethru 11-26 Web

Rains bring mudslide fears

Rains swept across Southern California today, bringing flash flood warnings to areas already burned by wildfire and worries from thousands of residents whose homes were spared by flames that they could now face destructive mudslides instead.

A torrent of early morning showers spurred an evacuation order in Orange County, where at least 1,500 people in Yorba Linda were told to leave their homes.

"Nothing has gone down yet, but the rain met the threshold where we needed to get people out," Orange County Fire Captain Greg McKeown said.

Voluntary evacuations had already been called for in the city of 65,000 southeast of Los Angeles, which was torched by a huge fire earlier this month.

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