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.
(AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in three more Northern California counties because of wildfires that have burned thousands of acres and restricted access to Yosemite National Park.
Winds from a thunderstorm pushed a blaze near Yosemite National Park farther into a grove of 2,700 year-old giant sequoias.
A wildfire burning near Oroville grew to 3,680 acres overnight Friday and has destroyed 30 homes, according to CAL FIRE, though some evacuation orders have been lifted.
UPDATE Sept. 1, 7:50 a.m.: The Ponderosa Fire has burned 3,680 acres and is 30 percent contained.
UPDATE Sept. 1, 5:31 p.m.: All evacuations and road closures have been lifted for the Pleasant Fire in Nevada County.