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.
Three months after the blaze burned most of Paradise to the ground, baby steps are being taken to remake the town, including the hiring of a group to ask residents the best way to rebuild.
California's deadliest wildfire worsened an already bad housing crisis in rural Butte County. But the fire has jump-started a local effort to build a tiny home community for area homeless.
Gavin Newsom Talks With Students Displaced After The Camp Fire, Discusses Emergency Spending For Communities Impacted By WildfiresFriday, February 15, 2019
California Gov. Gavin Newsom toured the area burned by the Camp Fire on Thursday, announcing a state contribution of about $31.3 million to replace lost property tax revenues for seven California counties.
As political pressure mounts with every disaster, California is scrambling to prepare for the coming fire season, from firefighting to utilities to the law.
Hundreds of animals displaced during the Camp Fire are still scattered at shelters across the region. After massive efforts to reunite them with former owners, some will be put up for adoption to new homes.