A “yellow” alert will be in effect Tuesday for residents near the Colby Fire burn area above Glendora, warning that anticipated heavy rain could lead to dangerous mud and debris flows.
The alert directs residents to remove vehicles, trash bins and other obstructions from streets — both to ensure access for emergency vehicles and to prevent the items from being damaged or washed away in a mudslide.
As of early Tuesday morning, no evacuation orders have been issued for the affected area — which includes all properties north of Sierra Madre between the western city boundaries of Azusa/Glendora to the eastern boundary of properties on the west side of the Little Dalton Wash.
According to Glendora officials, forecasts indicate that the Colby Fire burn area cold receive 1-2 inches of rain today, including possibly intense downpours of a half-inch per hour. More rain is anticipated Wednesday through Friday.
City officials reminded residents not to cross flowing water or mud, and protect themselves from debris flows on their property by going to the highest point in the house or the middle of a single-story residence.
The Colby Fire, which began Jan. 15, 2014, scorched 1,992 acres, destroyed five homes and damaged 17 others. More than 3,500 people were evacuated during the height of the blaze.
— City News Service