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 King Fire in the El Dorado National Forest burned nearly 100,000 acres before it was finally contained last month. Its size might pale in comparison to the 257,000 acre Rim Fire last year, but the damage is strikingly similar and could get worse.
The Cal Fire pilot who died fighting a wildfire in Yosemite will be remembered at a service Tuesday in San Jose
A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says the crew of another plane in the area saw the tanker's wing separate before the plane crashed October 7, 2014. The pilot was killed.
Firefighting crews have made significant progress on two fires currently burning in California -- the Applegate Fire and the Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite National Park.
UPDATE: 11:40 P.M. SUNDAY- Containment at 95 percent, with 311 acres burned. The Highway 140 entrance into Yosemite National Park re-opened Sunday.