GLENDALE — Rain this week may have added needed moisture to parched hillsides, but officials warned that fire danger remains high.
Small fires have already blackened several acres in Southern California, including a light brush fire near the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge that officials said was sparked by a weed-whacker.
Recent rains have only fueled vegetation growth like the light brush in the JPL incident, fire officials said. And much of the new growth has begun drying out due to increasing temperatures, which prompted the Angeles National Forest this month to raise its fire danger level to high, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy.
“The moisture we are getting isn’t enough to replenish the growth,” he said.
Recent fires have shown that dry, light grass in low elevations can burn without winds, according to a report used by the region’s public safety agencies to gauge the volatility of vegetation.