Hot, dry conditions have made this summer's fire risk much higher
POSTED: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 12:14am
Summer is always hot.
Add to that dry brush and that becomes a dangerous recipe for a major fire.
Forecasting wildfires is nearly impossible, but this summer they could happen just about anywhere.
"Almost anywhere in southern California right now as we stand here has the potential for a catastrophic fire," says Cal Fire's Bill Peters. "Even more so when we get into the Santa Ana wind season."
California had an extremely dry last winter, a factor fire officials in Colorado and Texas say helped fuel the most destructive fires in their histories.
The Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs has destroyed 347 homes and is still burning.
The Bastrop fire less than a year ago near Austin, Texas destroyed more than 1500 homes.