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Firefighters gear up for L.A.'s upcoming burning season

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If predictions hold true, the upcoming fire season could be one of the worst in recent history, warn experts.

On the heels of the fourth driest Southland winter in some 135 years, firefighters are keeping close watch on sensitive areas like Angeles National Forest, a predominant ecosystem that's prone to the destruction of wildfires.

With the frequency of brush fires heightened by 45 percent over last year, seasonal firefighters have already been brought in to set up shop in preparation for the region's hottest and arid period of the year.

In 2009, more than 161,000 acres of the forest were torched by arson fire. This act of cruelty displaced wildlife and destroyed more than 90 homes, cabins and businesses. Two firefighters lost their lives trying to protect the interests of others.

"Park visitors are urged to keep an eye on campfires to avoid starting any fires," reported KTLA. "Authorities also say you should start clearing brush around your home now and have an evacuation plan in place."

To learn more about wildfire preparedness, go to Cal Fire.