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Dry Winter Creates Busy Season for Fire Agencies

CalFire
 

CalFire

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. 

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  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    FEMA Reimburses California $107 Million For Debris Removal

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

    (AP) - California is on track to receive $107 million from the federal government to defray debris removal costs stemming from a pair of destructive wildfires last year that burned more than 200 square miles.