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Recent rains didn't pose problem for Avila Fire burn area

Posted at 10:23 AM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-01 01:47:05-05

Rain earlier this week didn't pose a problem for the Avila Fire burn area.

Pismo Beach City officials call the rain in the area Sunday into Monday "light," which they say actually helped the recently charred hillside.

In September, crews were preparing for the possibility of mudslides following the June 15 fire that burned 445 acres off Highway 101 and threatened hundreds of homes.

The biggest concern for the city was at the time was the hillside coming down in the path of homes and Highway 101 like was seen in Montecito in 2018.

Pismo Beach City Manager Jim Lewis appointed a committee of experts to prepare for mudslide prep.

Maps were being created, the homeowner's associations set up straw wattles for erosion, sediment, and storm water runoff control and the city was also working to find as much guardrail and K-rails as possible to have on hand.

Caltrans was closely monitoring drainage areas.

CAL FIRE says the Avila Fire was human-caused and intentionally set. The investigation is ongoing.