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It takes more than firefighters to reduce fire danger

Repair crews replacing power poles and electrical lines that were burned in the Thomas Fire along Highway 150 north of Santa Paula Dec. 6, 2017.
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Repair crews replacing power poles and electrical lines that were burned in the Thomas Fire along Highway 150 north of Santa Paula Dec. 6, 2017.

Fire departments around the L.A. area can increase staffing and reposition fire engines when it's a high alert day, but other tactics also help reduce the risk of fire. Like road closures and utilities being ready to cut off power to endangered areas where downed power lines could spark a fire.