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Areas of Ventura, L.A. under fire watch

September 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A heat wave is baking Southern California, prompting red-flag warning for the mountain areas of Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The hot and dry weather has made these areas vulnerable to wildfires. Some of the areas include the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.

The Los Angeles Fire Department has deployed trucks and firefighters into fire stations near brushy areas, reducing response times in the event of a fire, said city fire spokesman Erik Scott.

Officials said the Los Angeles County firefighters added a patrol strike team at a fire camp in La Canada-Flintridge area.

With such high temperatures, people are advised to take precautions for themselves and their pets.

Southern California has seen a mild summer, so the high temperatures may catch people off guard.

Residents who will be outside this weekend should be sure have a hat, sunglasses, sun block and water. People should stay away from sodas and alcohol because they can cause dehydration.

Pets should be indoors or have some shade and plenty of water.

Residents had mixed-feelings about the high temperatures.

"It's really sunny so it's getting really hot and if it's sunny then we can do lots of things outside," said Harper Lawson of Sherman Oaks.

"I'm done with the summer. Kids are back in school, come on, let's bring on the cool weather here. We're ready for the snow you know. Thanksgiving is coming soon. They even have Christmas stuff in the stores already. Come on," said Sooyeon Lee of Sherman Oaks

CNS contributed to this report.

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