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.
A look at the details of some of the major fires burning in northern and central California. This story is updated several times through the day, as new information becomes available.
UPDATE: 11:30 p.m. - Cal Fire says the Rocky Fire has grown slightly, to 67,000 acres, with containment moving to 20 percent as of late Tuesday. Drier conditions are expected Wednesday, which could increase the fire's extreme behavior.
It’s been almost a year since the King Fire scorched almost 100,000 acres of the Sierra Nevada forest. But this wildfire season could be worse - and it’s not just the drought and high temperatures that are fueling wildfires.
The on-going drought is making work harder for crews working to contain the Rocky Fire in Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties.
Firefighters from throughout the state are helping CalFire battle the Rocky Fire and other wildfires throughout the region. That includes crews from the Sacramento City Fire Department.