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 new state budget that took effect in July set aside nearly $443 million to fight wildfires. But that money is gone. So now Cal Fire is getting an additional $234 million.
The U.S. Forest Service says the Mendocino Complex Fire — the largest wildfire on record in California — is 100 percent contained.
(AP) — A firefighter battling the largest wildfire in California history was killed last month when thousands of gallons of flame-suppressing liquid were dropped from an aircraft flying barely above the treetops.
Southern California Edison plans to replace 3,400 miles of overhead power lines with insulated wire to reduce the risk of them sparking when hit by tree limbs or other objects, the company announced Monday.
Officials have determined that the freeway is safe for travel but potential closures could be ordered at any time because the fire is still burning.