Mudslides now a risk for Southern California
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is warning that Southern California mudslides are a risk in the vast area charred by a week-old wildfire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Zinke says federal officials will work with state and local authorities to try to reduce the risk.
He spoke while touring the burn zone of the so called Woolsey Fire that prompted the evacuations of more than 200,000 people, including the entire seaside community of Malibu.
Zinke appeared with California Gov. Brown, who said he was told by President Trump that the state will get federal support to handle costs associated with the fire.
Zinke also says officials will play close attention to toxic sites that burned to make sure hazardous materials don't get into the watershed.
The fire is 57 percent contained after scorching more than 153 square miles. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Chief Ken Pimlott says heavy winds that fan fires are easing but that extremely dry conditions are persisting.