LA CAÑADA-FLINTRIDGE ( — Summer may be over, but Southern California residents are being warned to stay vigilant and prepare for wildfires.

KNX 1070’s Megan Goldsby reports Los Angeles County Fire and county and state insurance officials Friday invoked the devastating Station Fire to remind residents that the worst part of wildfire season — which is marked by strong, dry Santa Ana winds — is still to come.

“We have the threat of brush fires, wildfires twelve months out of the year,” Assistant Fire Chief Dean G. McGuire said.

The August 2009 fire burned more than 160,000 acres along the San Gabriel Mountains, destroyed 89 homes and killed two firefighters when their fire truck tumbled off a road as it became surrounded by flames. It was not fully contained until mid-October.

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones urged homeowners to complete a home inventory and review their fire insurance plans “to make sure that you have the insurance you need in the event of a disaster.”

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