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.
Monday Nov. 13 is the last day for people affected by last month's wildfires in Northern California to sign up for help to clean up their properties.
(AP) - California's largest utility says the deadliest of last month's wildfires may have been started by electrical equipment not owned or installed by Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
(AP) - President Donald Trump, who has made four visits to hurricane zones in recent weeks, isn't rushing to survey the damage from California's wildfires.
UPDATE 4:40 p.m.: (AP) - California fire officials have reported significant progress on containing wildfires that have ravaged parts of Northern California.
Fighting fires is a dangerous business, not only for the firefighters, but also for the dozens of private contractors who provide support.