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) — Officials declared the largest wildfire in recorded California history officially extinguished Friday, nearly six months after it ignited and later burned hillsides that washed away in deadly mudslides northwest of Los Angeles.
The fires burning in Southern California have charred more than 250,000 acres. NASA is testing science instruments intended for space by measuring environmental impacts in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
(AP) — A firefighter assigned to the huge wildfire burning in Southern California has died.
A San Diego case could set a precedent for utility companies seeking to share wildfire damage costs with ratepayers.
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.