Amid high fire danger, agencies converge for joint firefighting exercise

Fire crews from Los Angeles, Glendale, Los Angeles County and the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday converged on a hillside above Sunland for a joint firefighting exercise just days after three brush fires broke across the Southland.

The fires were sparked on the same the U.S. Forest Service raised the fire danger level at Angeles National Forest from “high” to “very high.”

Officials have also warned that tender dry vegetation, combined with extreme heat, has increased the threat of brush fires. A 20% chance of thunderstorms through Friday also brings the threat of lightning.

Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins this week also told the City Council that firefighters from two regions in Southern California met June 18 to discuss weather forecasts, resources and potential challenges that could arise if several fires start at the same time.

-- Jason Wells and Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

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