The hot, dry and sometimes windy months of summer bring the threat of large wildfires in California, where hillsides were left with crops of grass that turns into fuel for the fires.
As of Oct. 1, CAL FIRE reported more than 5,600 fires in California so far this year. Those fires scorched nearly 233,000 acres. During that same period last year, CAL FIRE reported 4,200 fires that burned nearly 243,600 acres. California's five-year average through September is about 4,200 fires and more than 200,200 acres of scorched land.
A report released earlier this year provided a wildfire outlook for the hot, dry summer months in California. The National Interagency Fire Center report said wildfire risk will be high in inland Southern California in July and in parts of Northern California during August and September. The report noted what could be a delayed start to the wildfire season in some locations.
Take a look at some of the fires this year.
A massive brush fire burning downhill in the Sun Valley, Sunland and Burbank area on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, was called the biggest fire in the history of the city of Los Angeles.