SHERMAN OAKS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) --October can be especially dangerous for wildfires in California, and authorities in Sherman Oaks Friday were working on a new campaign to keep people safe.
Parched, bone-dry brush fill the canyons and hillsides along the Mullholland corridor. This is a situation fire officials, local leaders, residents and the Mountain Recreation and Conservation Authority want to avoid.
"One cigarette flipped out there - unconsciously, not meaning to do any harm - does serious damage," said Alan Dymond, president of Studio City Residents Association.
Fifty new signs warning visitors of the immense fire danger facing the area were placed on overlooks and along Mulholland Drive as part of a wildfire prevention campaign.
"As we move to the most dangerous part of the fire season, the Santa Ana winds season, we do have to look out, be prepared and be vigilant," said 5th District Councilmember Paul Koretz.
Fire officials want to educate people about the dangers if something were to ignite. And in this tinderbox climate, officials said keeping brush from igniting is key.
"What's the best way of fighting a fire?" asked Joe Edmiston of the MRCA. "Not to have one in the first place."