This fire season will bring a host of harder-than-usual challenges due to higher temperatures, below-average rainfall and fewer firefighting resources.
That's according to Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, who on Tuesday warned the public that fire season had already begun.
Speaking at the City Council meeting, Scoggins noted that the region has seen twice as many red flag warnings compared to last year, and the amount of acreage burned in the region has also doubled.
Firefighters from two regions in Southern California met June 18 to discuss weather forecasts, resources and their deployments and potential challenges that could arise if several fires start at the same time.
Just a day earlier, three brush fires broke out across the Southland, including in the Waterman Canyon area of the San Bernardino National Forest, Montebello and a smaller blaze about a mile from the Hollywood sign. Those fires broke the same day the U.S. Forest Service raised the fire danger level at Angeles National Forest from “high” to “very high.”