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Another dangerous fire season prompts warning from firefighters

June 9, 2010 |  8:57 am

http://www.ktla.com/media/photo/2009-09/49025315.jpgWith last year's deadly Station fire still in mind, fire officials this week are warning residents who live in foothill communities of another potentially bad fire season, urging them to have a family evacuation plan at the ready.

The danger of fire in the Angeles, Cleveland and San Bernardino national forests reached a high mark before Memorial Day, Angeles National Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron said at a news conference in the hills above La Cañada Flintridge.

"It's very early in the season for us to be going into such a high level, but what folks need to understand is ... please do not become complacent," she said. "Please do not become complacent because of the rainfall we have had this winter. Do not become complacent because of the June gloom. ... It is drying out very rapidly up there within the national forest."

Representatives of fire agencies in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties met Tuesday morning with other emergency officials to coordinate their firefighting tactics.

The fire season has already begun in Southern California, with 240 fires torching 2,200 acres and one structure, Riverside Fire Chief John Hawkins told the Glendale News-Press.

"We asked that the public not be complacent, and they do their brush clearance and be sure that they understand that weather is the serious factor that affects wildfire spread," he said.

Read the full story here.

-- Veronica Rocha, Glendale News-Press