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.
It's been only eight months since Pacific Gas and Electric began turning off the power as a way to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires. Emergency operations officials are asking for more notice from the utility.
(AP) — Nevada's attorney general is recommending approval of a $25 million settlement with homeowners and others who sought more than $300 million in damages from the state after a prescribed burn escaped and destroyed 24 homes south of Reno.
Evacuations will be lifted as of 5 p.m. Monday for a 2,220-acre fire near Guinda in Yolo County, according to Cal Fire.
Pacific Gas & Electric shut off power to around 20,500 customers in Butte and Yuba counties Saturday evening due to continued fire danger in the region. Most had power restored by late Sunday afternoon.
This Weekend's Hot Weather Means High Fire Danger And Red Flag Warnings For Sacramento, San Joaquin ValleysJune 7, 2019
The 2019 fire season is here, and the National Weather Service is issuing a "red flag" warning for this weekend in parts of the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys.