Mike Lindbery, a captain with the Ventura County Fire Department, was here on this mountain last spring when a wildfire raced up the hillside on its way to torching more than 24,000 acres.
The "Springs fire" started on May 2.
says it was huge for that time of year in Southern California.
"In a typical year," he
adds, "on May 2, we're not thinking we're going to have a fire."
But last year's fire season was anything but typical in length.
It started early and ended late.
That's why this mountain - and this fire - are such good indicators of what this upcoming season might be.
"This area is not going to burn again, I can guarantee it," says Lindbery