Fire season officially began last week, with state, county and city officials asking homeowners to keep hazardous dead brush and grass cleared from their houses.
"We had relatively few major wildland fires during 1983 and 1984 because of unusual summer weather conditions," Regional Chief Rex Griggs of the California Department of Forestry said.
"A return to our normal hot, dry and windy conditions will again cause major wildland fires to destroy valuable watershed areas and personal property throughout Southern California."
First Contingent on Duty
The first contingent of seasonal firefighters, hired and trained by the California Department of Forestry during the winter, have been moved into rural fire stations to wait for the inevitable rash of fires.