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Officials warn against brush-fire risk in heat

Posted: June 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.

As temperatures rise throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, wildfires and structure fires will likely spike, too, Los Angeles County Fire officials said Friday.

Heat sucks the moisture out of local plant life, whether in a forest or in backyards, providing ample kindling, said County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Inman.

“It’s a serious challenge because we live in the wildland-urban interface,” said Stephanie English, county fire department spokeswoman.

To combat the threat of summer brush fires, she said, the department is highlighting its “Ready, Set Go,” plan, which is designed to prepare residents for fire emergencies and to evacuate their homes safely when a blaze spreads.

“The plan teaches residents how to ready their homes against the threat of fire, how to prepare your family, and how to be prepared to leave early and what to bring with you,” English said.

County fire personnel advise residents to rid their properties of any dead leaves, dry brush or flammable materials, to maintain their plants and stack wood at least 30 feet away from their homes.

To prep for a fire emergency, residents should find at least two exit routes in their neighborhoods and make sure nearby street names and numbers are visible at intersections, according to a fire department statement.

Check out the “Ready, Set, Go” plan at or pick one up at any county fire station.


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