Dry Winter Creates Busy Season for Fire Agencies

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 27, 2014

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. 

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