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.
The California drought is not only making fire season longer and more dangerous, it’s making fires harder to fight.
The US Forest Service is reopening more than 63,000 acres of land that burned during last year's King Fire in the Eldorado National Forest.
California’s fire fighting agency is already preparing for a difficult fire season. And low water levels could hurt CAL FIRE’s ability to put fires out.
The Nevada Division of Forestry and the US Forest Service plan to conduct prescribed burns in the forest around Lake Tahoe starting Monday.
Forty structures have been burnt by the Round Fire in Inyo and Mono counties, according to CAL FIRE. Saturday morning rain helped slow the fires' progress. UPDATE: 9:38 p.m. Fire resources added.