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Concerns Of Landslides Follow Wildfire In Southern California

Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Dept. / AP

Parked on a closed US Highway 101, a Santa Barbara County Fire Department fire engine and crew douse a hot spot while working a Solimar wildfire in Ventura County, Calif. on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015.

Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Dept. / AP

(AP) - Authorities in Southern California are concerned that there could be landslides if rain pounds charred hills.

A wildfire that started Friday has scorched more than 1,200 acres north of Ventura. 

The fire that erupted Friday night was caused by arcing power lines during high winds. The winds eased Saturday, and the fire stopped growing. Evacuations for about 50 homes in Solimar Beach north of Ventura were rescinded.

On Sunday, firefighters were busy dousing hotspots and mopping up remnants of the approximately 1,230-acre blaze.

During a tour of the burned area, Ventura County fire Capt. Mike Lindbery told the Ventura County Star that the flames left barren stretches that could give way if the area gets a heavy winter rain, as expected after the new year.