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 utility says power could be shut off in parts of 34 Northern California counties starting Wednesday morning when dry, windy weather is expected.
PG&E has restored power to the more than 10,000 customers in Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties who lost service this weekend due to the public safety power shutoff.
The measures largely enact key recommendations from a June report by a governor’s task force and build on $1 billion in the state budget devoted to preparing for wildfires and other emergencies.
Real estate research and data firm CoreLogic's "Wildfire Risk Report" out Thursday ranks Sacramento fourth in the country when it comes to the high density of homes located in areas susceptible to wildfires.
Evacuations remain in place for the fire burning northeast of Quincy in the Plumas National Forest.