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Fire danger remains high despite recent rains, officials say

May 23, 2011 |  7:48 am

Glendalefire
Even though Southern California has experienced rain recently, officials are warning that fire danger remains high and are urging residents to clear brush around their homes.

Small fires have already blackened several acres in Southern California, including a light brush fire near the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge that officials said was sparked by a weed-whacker.

Recent rains have fueled vegetation growth, which has begun to dry out, fire officials said.

Officials with the Angeles National Forest this month raised its fire danger level to high, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy.

“The moisture we are getting isn’t enough to replenish the growth,” he said.

Recent fires have shown that dry, light grass in low elevations can burn without winds, according to a report used by the region’s public safety agencies to gauge the volatility of vegetation. Light grass can fuel a fire for up to 10 hours and can spread quickly into trees, causing larger blazes, Judy said.

Read more about the fire danger at the Glendale News-Press.

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Photo: Glendale Fire Department Station 21 and Station 25 firefighters put out a small fire last September on the Glendale Freeway near the Mountain Avenue exit. Credit: Raul Roa / Glendale News-Press

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