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Dry Winter Creates Busy Season for Fire Agencies

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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. 

Wildfire Coverage

  • Cal Fire / Twitter

    Wildfire Updates: Blue Cut Fire, Clayton Fire, Soberanes Fire

    Friday, August 19, 2016

    UPDATE 7:38 p.m. -- The Clayton Fire that began August 13 and burned hundreds of structures in Lake County is now 75 percent contained. All evacuations have been lifted. The Blue Cut Fire in San Bernardino County is 40 percent contained.