“The fire last week was a wakeup call to Los Angeles,” Weiss said. “That due to the light rainfall we experienced this year, we could be in for a very hot time this summer.” kerry.cavanaugh@ dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After three homes were charred last week in a brush fire that began on a weed-covered lot owned by the Department of Water and Power, the utility and Fire Department have pledged to speed up brush clearance. Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Jim Hill said the department plans to seek contractors to remove brush on 14 DWP-owned parcels, and those lots should be cleared within three weeks. The department had not planned to clear the land until mid-May. “If there is another brush fire, it will not be as damaging and the Fire Department will have defensible space to work in those areas and be able to control those fires much quicker,” Hill told the City Council on Wednesday. Board of Water and Power Commission President David Nahai said the two agencies also have changed their policy to initiate trimming based on weather and need rather than the calendar. “We all recognize we’re going through climate changes and we have an unusually dry season,” Nahai said. “We’ve seen in Los Angeles that we have to be ready for other extreme conditions.” The Fire Department handles brush clearance on 14 large DWP parcels in the city, including the Franklin Canyon property where a downed power line triggered a wildfire April 12. The DWP was notified in February that the land needed to be cleared, but under its agreement the utility and Fire Department had until June 1 to get the work done. Councilman Jack Weiss, who represents the community near Franklin Canyon, said the policy to schedule brush clearance according to the climate makes sense.