first_img [email protected] (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But spring temperatures have soared to record levels, prompting some concern. County firefighters from Station No. 82 were out in La Ca ada Flintridge on Monday inspecting hillside homes and reminding residents to trim and remove brush 200 feet from structures to create a fire buffer zone. Community and resident preparedness helped spare about 2,000 homes during last year’s Topanga Fire, which charred more than 20,000 acres, fire officials have said. In Burbank, where a fire charred 1,100 acres of hillside near the Castaways Restaurant in October, mustard grass already has grown to 3 feet, Burbank Fire Department Capt. Frank Walbert said. In a fire, that type of grass is usually the first to burn, supplying kindling. “We all know brush fire season is coming,” said Glendale Fire Capt. Steve Parrish. “We’ve obviously noticed the heat. When we have rain, we have growth, but we know that growth is going to burn.” Brush fire season formally kicked off Monday in Southern California, where the warmer-than-usual spring is gradually transforming lush green hillsides into tinder boxes. The California Department of Forestry declared brush fire season a few days later than last year, based on weather conditions, the dryness of the brush and fire activity. A similar announcement for local areas will be made Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “This current heat wave is of some concern,” said Inspector Ron Haralson, spokesman for the county Fire Department. “We’ve had a decent rainy season so we know the vegetation growth is there.” Los Angeles has received about 13 inches of rain since July 1, when the latest fiscal year for measuring rainfall began. last_img

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