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.
King Fire in El Dorado and Placer counties grew slightly Saturday as weather helped firefighting efforts.
Air pollution and health officials in California and Nevada issue warnings about King Fire smoke.
The King Fire has charred 76,376 acres and forced the evacuation of 3,000 people. Investigators say the fire was caused by arson. UPDATED: 10:05 P.M. - Officials confirm the loss of structures. The next acreage update will occur Saturday morning.
Air quality in Reno and Washoe County is in the "very unhealthy" category, and the worst in the area in six years, thanks to heavy smoke blowing in from the King Fire.
UPDATED 11:20 p.m. Saturday with new photos. - The King Fire continues to burn in El Dorado and Placer counties, growing to more than 82,000 acres by late Saturday. We take a look at the fire through the lens of social media.