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GBU Mountain News
March 6 - XLVIII

snowpack. Heavy rains in Southern California brought
mudslides and a limited number of home evacuations in
Los Angeles County. This included several mudslides in
the Lake Hughes area in the Western Antelope Valley on
Friday (Feb 28) and Saturday (March 1). Crews from Los
Angeles County Fire Station 77 just south of Gorman
were dispatched to that area on Friday morning around 8
a.m. Several houses along Lake Hughes road were
evacuated and an NBC-News truck was also trapped
between mudslides and debris on that road. A variety of
roads in the area of last year's Powerhouse fire had to be
closed. In the Hollywood Hills near the Hollywood Sign,
soaked land shifted, taking down power poles and cutting
electricity to a neighborhood with about 2,000 people.
Reports state that at least 32,500 customers in the Greater
Los Angeles region were without power at some point on
Friday. By Friday afternoon, downtown Los Angeles had
received with 1.7 inches more rain than it had seen
during the entire rest of the "rain year," starting last July.
Storms continued throughout the weekend, mostly
trailing off on Sunday.


Pollock Pines: 2.48” in the last week. 16.72” since
July 1, 43% of normal by this date.
Redding: 4.02” in the last week. 12.84” since July 1,
50% of normal by this date.
Sacramento: 1.49” in the last week. 6.45” since July
1, 41% of normal by this date.
Shasta: 6.62” in the last week. 19.72” since July 1,
42% of normal by this date.
Willits: 2.76” in the last week. 19.64” since July 1,
51% of normal by this date.

Snow in Cuddy Valley on Saturday (March 1)

Precipitation totals (in inches) from Monday, February
24 through Sunday, March 2:
o Folsom: 2.60” in the last week. 10.95” since July 1,
68% of normal by this date.
o Fresno: 1.11” in the last week. 3.40” since July 1,
25% of normal by this date.
o Hetch Hetchy: 3.15” in the last week. 13.48” since
July 1, 51% of normal by this date.
o Los Angeles: 3.84” in the last week. 5.04” since July
1, 44% of normal by this date.
o Modesto: .14” in the last week. 4.55” since July 1,
48% of normal by this date.
o Oroville: 2.04” in the last week. 12.16” since July 1,
50% of normal this date.

Now more than two-thirds of the way through the rainy
season, many areas in the northern part of the state are at
least 15 inches short of average annual precipitation.
Despite the two large storms over the past three weeks, it
would take more than a half an inch of rain from Redding
to Fresno every other day until May to get back to
average precipitation in the watersheds that supply most
of California’s drinking and irrigation water. Even with
such precipitation, California would remain in drought
conditions, due to low water supplies in reservoirs from
the two previous dry years.
A recent update of the snowpack survey after the recent
storm (March 2) shows snowpack at 32% of normal. It
was measured 24% on February 27, before the storms.
643 fires have been reported across the state since
January 1, burning 1,344 acres. CALFIRE reports that
this current fire activity is well above the year-to-date
average of 200 fires, burning 626 acres. 37 new fires
were reported over the past week.
On the local level, A total of 26 Emergency
Proclamations have been issued by city, county, and
tribal governments, as well as special districts: