Deadly Mudslides Plague Southern California, But Wine Country Stays Firm

As crushing mudslides buried homes and left more than a dozen dead in fire-ravaged Southern California on Tuesday, state and local officials were closely watching burned swaths of Wine Country to make sure the state’s biggest storm of the season didn’t bring similar devastation. Authorities reported minor rock slides along the Sonoma County coast, but inland areas stripped of vegetation by October’s firestorm and made vulnerable to slipping appeared to hold. Residents in hilly areas were told to prepare for evacuations, though none was initiated.