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.
Despite a potential strong El Niño, the drought in most of California is forecast to continue into a fifth year.
Almost a month after it scorched 76,067 acres of Lake County, the Valley Fire is officially 100 percent contained.
Cal Fire expects to have the Valley Fire fully contained Tuesday evening but is giving no time frame for the investigation into the circumstances under which four firefighters were burned Sept. 12.
Water storage has dwindled at six major reservoirs in California.
Fire restrictions are being lifted in the Tahoe National Forest Tuesday.