California fire officials prepare for more winds

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Officials in Southern California are
deploying firefighting crews and equipment.
Forecasters are predicting a return of the dry winds that stoked
last month's devastating brush blazes.
The preparations come after criticism that the state did not
effectively marshal available air resources at the start of the
blazes, which killed 10 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes.
California fire officials say that 28 fixed-wing aircraft, 13
more aircraft than normal for this time of year, would be in place
to extinguish any flames early this week.
U.S. military officials, meanwhile, say they're deploying four
C-130 aircraft with firefighting capabilities to help with any
flare-ups.
An Associated Press investigation revealed last month that
military helicopters sat grounded for days at the start of the
wildfires.


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