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.
Firefighters continue to make headway on the El Portal Fire near Yosemite National Park, with containment at 58 percent as of late Thursday.
UPDATED -- A major route into Yosemite National Park has re-opened. Highway 120 was temporarily closed at the Big Oak Flat Road entrance station due to the El Portal Fire burning in the park.
A new wildfire is burning in the Foresthill area of Placer County.
UPDATED -- Officials say the Sand Fire in Amador and El Dorado counties is now 85 percent contained at about 4,240 acres.
(AP) -- Fire crews continue to battle a wildfire that has charred some 3,060 acres in Yosemite National Park Tuesday.