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) -- Firefighters from throughout California are being dispatched to protect homes that are under threat from a wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park.
The Junction Fire in Madera County just outside Yosemite National Park has prompted an air alert by the regional pollution control district.
(AP) -- Firefighters are bracing for a windy day as they continue to battle two wildfires burning in Northern California.
The National Weather Service says thunderstorms and lightning possible as front approaches California.
(AP) -- The U.S. Attorney's Office has indicted a man with starting last year's Rim Fire, which burned 25,000 acres in the Yosemite and the Stanislaus Forest.