Summit Fire ‘a wake-up call’ amid dry wildfire conditions

May 2nd, 2013 | by Brian Indrelunas | Comments

“This is a wake-up call for everyone in California to be prepared,” Cal Fire Battalion Chief Julie Hutchinson told MyDesert’s Denise Goolsby on Thursday near the Summit Fire in Banning.

A U.S. Forest Service crew conducts a back burn Wednesday to stop a wildfire in Banning, one of many burning around the state early in the wildfire season. (Richard Lui, The Desert Sun)

A U.S. Forest Service crew conducts a back burn Wednesday to stop a wildfire in Banning, one of many burning around the state early in the wildfire season.
(Richard Lui, The Desert Sun)

And that nearly 3,000-acre scorcher isn’t the only one burning in California. Rob Hopwood is manning our map of fires around the state, and the number keeps growing.

Fire crews in Banning are facing conditions “as dry as it is at the end of summer,” Hutchinson told Goolsby, who just this week took a deeper look at the dry winter that’s made for a busy start to wildfire season.

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