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Small blazes in SoCal uneasy reminders of fire season

September 15, 2008 |  3:23 pm

Fire_in_redlands Don't let the lack of wind fool you -- it's fire season in SoCal, with a trio of small blazes today as reminders.

Firefighters on the ground, aided by fly-overs by water-dropping helicopters and a Superscooper, made short work of two fires in San Dimas, which burned a total of about three acres late this morning. Farther east in Redlands, where temps topped 100 degrees, a field of brush caught fire and quickly raced through at least 10 acres, according to the Watershed News. (See photo.)

California's fire season, which traditionally reaches its height in the hot and windy days of autumn, has already been brutal. Unusual storms with an estimated 8,000 lightning strikes sparked more than 800 fires in the northern part of the state this summer. Expect the tense debate about whether California is adequately prepared to kick up again with the first gusts of our annual Santa Ana winds.

-- Veronique de Turenne

Photo credit: Guy McCarthy / Watershed News

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