Rain may douse California wildfire threatening homes

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are hoping rainy weather will douse a wildfire that threatens thousands of homes in the coastal foothills north of Los Angeles.

The wind-whipped fire that erupted Monday raged through tinder-dry, brushy canyons in the same area where a 1990 blaze destroyed more than 400 homes.

No homes have burned but officials say about 2,400 homes and other buildings in the Goleta area remain threatened.

The good news is that the National Weather Service expected rain to hit the region before dawn Wednesday, with up to an inch possible as the storm moves through.

Forecasters say there’s a chance the rain could cause some debris flows in the fire-denuded area but they don’t expect any serious mudslides.

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Antczak reported from Los Angeles.

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