CalFire says it’s already responded to 300 wildfires this year, up from the 50 that would be normal for this time in a typical year. Now the agency is asking landowners to clear defensible space around homes months before they normally would.
Dave Zaski with the North Tahoe Fire Department says people need to be extra careful to avoid causing fires.
“We can’t do anything about lightning," he said. "But the most damaging fires are human caused, like the Rim Fire, where they had a camp ground fire when they shouldn’t have had.”
Zaski said the region has already seen a wild land fire on the Nevada side of the lake. He says that’s unusual because the fire was at an elevation of 7,000 feet.
The settlement is subject to approval by a bankruptcy court as part of the PG&E's Chapter 11 filing. It also covers claims from the 2015 Butte Fire and 2016 Ghost Ship Fire in Oakland.
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has issued a one-year moratorium on cancelling the home insurance policies of customers who live in areas impacted by the 2019 wildfires.
A technology developed to detect power line problems before blackouts and bigger disasters could help prevent wildfires. It's being tested by PG&E and Southern California Edison, two utilities blamed for devastating wildland blazes in California.
Cal Fire says wildfires are still a possibility into December even with a strong winter storm sweeping through the state, and it’s not ready to draw down its seasonal firefighters just yet.
As wildfires become more frequent and ferocious, state officials recommend that homeowners do more to harden property in high-risk areas. Fireproofing can be pricey, but some solutions are no more expensive than basic home repairs.