California, November 26: Butte County Sheriff's office announced on Monday (IST) that the recent rains are expected to cause flash flooding in the state which is reeling from the aftermath of wildfires that started on November 8. "With the rain we have been experiencing, residents should be aware of potential risks associated to the weather. Areas experiencing significant rainfall following a wildfire are at risk for debris flows and flash flooding," a press release issued by Kory Honea, the Sheriff-Coroner of Butte County, stated. The statement further mentioned that the number of missing people due to the wildfires stands at 296, while 2,599 individuals have been accounted for.
The cautionary note comes just a few hours after the Unified Command Agencies announced that the wildfires had been 100 percent contained. 1,53,336 acres of land stands affected, while 85 people have lost their lives in the tragic incident. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, while the Command agencies have classified the incident as "vegetation fire". California Wildfire Takes Heavy Toll on Animals Despite Massive Rescue Operations; Heart-Rending Pictures Go Viral.
Rescue efforts are still underway as over 1,000 personnel and numerous engines amongst other back-up is on the ground, carrying on search and rescue.