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Evacuations Ordered in Santa Barbara Due to Fear of Mudslides

Local authorities have ordered evacuations in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in areas below mountains and hillsides that were burned in the recent Thomas fire, as the winter’s first major rainstorm approaches California.

Santa Barbara hillside (David McNew / Getty)

Oroville Dam Holds as 188,000 Evacuate Ahead of 7 Days of Rain

The Oroville Dam crisis temporarily subsided Sunday night, as 188,000 residents downriver were evacuated, but the crisis will return with northern California expecting seven straight days of warm rain from another Pineapple Express beginning Wednesday evening.

Closed for evacuation (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Aleppo Evacuations Resume Ahead of UN Vote on Monitors

Convoys of evacuees travelled from a rebel-held area of Aleppo and two Shiite villages besieged by insurgents on Monday, a war monitor and rebels said, as a deal enabling evacuations held after a tense, days-long stand-off and before a UN vote.

A bus drives through the Syrian government-controlled crossing of Ramoussa, on the southern outskirts of Aleppo, on December 18, 2016, during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and civilians from rebel-held areas. / AFP / George OURFALIAN (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive Kern County Fire Exceeds 45,000 Acres

275 structures have been destroyed or damaged in the 45,388 acre Erskine wildfire that continued sweeping through California’s Central Valley on Monday — while some evacuations were lifted for some of the area’s residents.

Kern County fire (Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty)

Raging Fires Force Evacuations In Southern California

Two more southern California fires sprung up on Monday, burning over 5,000 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains by Tuesday morning and raising the total number of firefighters battling the state’s six active wildfires to over 4,700.

Los Angeles fire (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty)