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) — PG&E is asking state regulators for another increase in rates and profits, saying it's needed for wildfire safety and to attract investment as the utility goes through bankruptcy.
(AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration will release a report Friday that aims to address a host of problems related to wildfires.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft.
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom's executive order on wildfire prevention would expedite forest management projects intended to protect 200 communities prone to fire risk.
(AP) — California is pulling National Guard troops away from President Donald Trump's border protection efforts to help protect communities against wildfires.