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.
Nevada investigators released a report Thursday saying a recent fire between Carson City and Reno that destroyed 23 homes was caused by the state.
UPDATE OCT. 16: Evacuation orders were lifted for Emerald Fire in South Lake Tahoe. Meanwhile, the Little Valley Fire in Washoe Valley is holding at 3,400 acres with 20 percent containment.
(AP) - Firefighters made significant progress overnight on a wildfire burning in Northern California wine country.
The rapidly increasing cost of fighting wildfires is causing the U.S. Forest Service to burn through its budget.
(AP) - Officials say a wildfire threatening hundreds of structures in a remote area of California's Santa Cruz Mountains continues to grow.