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.
More than 10,000 firefighters battled wildfires Monday from California's Central Coast to Sierra Nevada forests or mopped up remnants of destructive blazes beaten into submission up and down the state.
Firefighters throughout California continue to battle major blazes.
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.
UPDATE: A wildfire that destroyed 43 homes last year in Lake, Napa and Colusa counties started at an illegal marijuana grow site.
A major wildfire in Lake County has destroyed 175 homes and buildings, and caused thousands of evacuations since Saturday. One of those homes belonged to Barbara Wescott and her husband. She says they had just minutes to evacuate on Sunday.