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Fire officials to give season outlook

Department to also show off some of their firefighting equipment

Posted: June 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.

County fire officials are expected to reveal today just how deep budget constraints are likely to affect the way they battle wildfires this season.

Fire Chief Daryl Osby of the Los Angeles County Fire Department is scheduled to appear at a press conference at 11:30 a.m. today to explain the outlook for this year's 2012 fire season, including the "potential impacts on fire response due to budget constraints," according to a media release issued by the department.

Joining Osby for the breakdown on monetary impacts are representatives from the United States Forest Service, Cal Fire, California Emergency Management Agency, Orange County Fire Authority, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department, Los Angeles City Fire Department and other fire agencies from throughout Southern California.

Firefighters on hand are expected to show off some of their firefighting tools including "specialty wildland equipment."

The press conference and demonstration will take place in Diamond Bar.

Osby and others are slated to talk about safety information for those most likely to be impacted by the devastating effects of a wildland fire.

The Santa Clarita Valley has already seen a couple of destructive wildfires usher in this year's fire season.

Just over a week ago, a brush fire sparked by an off-road motorcycle crash burned close to 700 acres in 24 hours in the hills west of Castaic.

More than 350 firefighters were pressed into action to contain that blaze.

Then, in early May, at least two structures were burned to the ground, several homes evacuated and Metrolink train commuters stranded during a 125-acre wildfire that erupted in Soledad Canyon near Acton.

At least 125 U.S. Forest Service firefighters joined 250 of their county counterparts in bringing the wind-swept fire under control after close to three hours, department spokesman Mark Savage said at the time.




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