The news announced that today is high fire danger because of the dried grasses that are abundant this time of year combined with high winds. I have heard that our hills used to be green year round with the native bunch grasses. However, the early Spanish settlers introduced European grasses for their cattle. These non-native grasses replaced about 99% of the native bunch grasses and now are hills are brown (or golden depending on your viewpoint) in the fall. We are at the end of our dry season. Our rains start in about a month or so.