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 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.
Even before this week's storm, the Eldorado National Forest had already experienced some small debris flows in the area burned by the King Fire. The US Forest Service is expecting mudslides to continue throughout the winter.
The US Forest Service will begin aerial mulching on Friday on 1200 acres of land scorched by the King Fire.
The King Fire in the El Dorado National Forest burned nearly 100,000 acres before it was finally contained last month. Its size might pale in comparison to the 257,000 acre Rim Fire last year, but the damage is strikingly similar and could get worse.