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Southland gets a preview of its premature fire season
Southland gets a preview of its premature fire season

Southern California got an unwanted preview of its premature fire season Thursday as brush fires stoked by winds broke out in five counties. The region is parched from years of drought and, most recently, Santa Ana winds that sucked up any moisture left from a recent rainstorm, said Phil Rawlings of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. "At the end of the day, we're in California, it's a semi-arid area and we're already in four years of drought," Rawlings said. "The grass … is just receptive to burning. We're going to have these small starts and instead of staying small, they turn and they get pretty big pretty fast. Quite...

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