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Williams Canyon Fire Victims Brace for Mudslides, Prepare to Evacuate in Orange County

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Williams Canyon Fire Victims Brace for Mudslides, Prepare to Evacuate in Orange County

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Residents of Williams Canyon are preparing to evacuate their community as potential mudslides caused by fierce rains threaten to destroy their homes and livestock in rural Orange County, California. At noon on Jan. 28, Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies drove through the canyon, urging residents to leave the area and blasting warnings of a “voluntary evacuation” over loudspeakers. “We cannot wait until after the rain comes to get horses out or to get people out. We’ve got to get out now,” Susan Iwamoto, 56, told The Epoch Times. “We’re just trying to salvage what we can.” On the afternoon of Jan. 28, Iwamoto said she and her husband, 69-year-old Wayne, were in a “race against time” to save their horses, which were still traumatized from previous evacuations during the Bond Fire in December. “We are actually hiring a transport,” she said, as the couple loaded six horses into trailers. “We’re …

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