La Cañada Flintridge is heading into the thick of fire season in good shape, according to Assistant Fire Chief Bill Niccum, who told the City Council at its meeting Monday night that the third week of October has historically proven to be the most dangerous time for fires.
Niccum said that dry vegetation remaining from summer, combined with hot, dry Santa Ana winds that typically arrive in late October, push the risk of a major fire to the highest point of the year.
Despite that, Niccum said the city is well prepared, noting in particular that there have been new investments in water-drop aircraft in the wake of the 2009 Station fire. L.A. County Fire has been able to quickly extinguish several fires that each involved about 20 to 30 acres so far this season, Niccum reported.
“We’re doing real well,” said Niccum. “Between our helicopters, the contract helicopters, the super scoopers, we’re getting some great knock-down on these fires.”