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High temperatures, gusty winds mean fire danger across SoCal

Orange County firefighters cut away brush during a live fire demonstration on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
May 1, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Rising temperatures, gusty winds and dry conditions are all the makings of high fire danger across the Southland.

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Wednesday, most of Southern California was under a red flag warning, including the Orange County coast. Other parts of the O.C. were under high fire danger. Fire authorities on Wednesday conducted live demonstrations in Peters Canyon in Tustin to show some firefighting techniques as well as equipment.

Crews cut lines to show how they can clear brush away ahead of a fire. Clearing brush can also create a fire break which helps fight fires.

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Helicopters capable of water drops are also vital to fighting flames from above. Technology is also important. The Orange County Sheriff's Department has a camera in one of its helicopters that is able to feed a video link to crews on the ground to let them see how a fire is moving. This helps them better fight the flames to save homes.

One of the important messages that authorities wanted to get out is that residents need to take action to try to protect their homes from wildfires.

Orange County Fire Authority Division Chief Kris Concepcion advised residents to make sure there are no wood piles or brush around their home.

Residents are also urged to be vigilant to prevent manmade fires or arson. If you see something suspicious or notice someone in your neighborhood who isn't normally there, call Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS or (855) 847-6227.


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