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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