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Brush Fire Danger: Heat Wave and Winds Hit SoCal

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Autumn is such a tease here in Southern California; forget those chilly, rainy days a couple of weeks ago. We're having a heat wave!

Hot temps and winds are hitting the region today, and the heat is expected to last through Thursday, says L.A. Now, with forecasters predicting "temperatures 10 to 20 degrees above normal."

Santa Ana winds plus high temperatures means an increased fire danger, too. Fortunately, California is experiencing a smaller-than-usual fire season. "So far this year, one-sixth as many acres have burned in California as did last year, and one-twentieth as many burned as in 2008," reports the Mercury News. Numbers-wise, "this year, only 62,049 acres have burned statewide through Oct. 23, the fewest since 1991, when 33,870 acres burned all year."