Officials remind residents of wildfire safety

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Updated: 6/20 7:14 pm

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California officials say a big wildfire is inevitable this summer and are urging residents to be prepared.

Assemblyman Christopher Holden of Pasadena and firefighting authorities used a press conference Friday in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains to stress that severe drought makes wildfire season a year-round event in California.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Southern Region Capt. Mike Mohler says there has been a 200 percent increase in wildland fires in the state this year.

Homeowners are urged to create a 100-foot defensible space around their homes by clearing brush and other vegetation.

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