Wildlife officials say adult bears without cubs usually begin coming out of their dens in mid-March. Mothers with cubs come out later, usually from mid-April to early May.
Biologists say the bears will eat emergent grasses as well as dead and decaying animals.
But they'll also key in on easy pickings from trash. Biologists are warning people to secure their garbage, to keep garage doors shut, car doors locked and all sources of food away from bears.
Officials remind people that it's illegal to feed any big game mammal.
A program will begin soon in the Eldorado National Forest to remove live or dead vegetation to prevent the spread of wildfires.
The Sacramento Suburban Water District is asking customers to voluntarily cut outdoor watering to one day a week this fall as other water providers move to mandatory restrictions.
The increase in the number of wildfires in California and the western U.S. may partly be caused by climate change.
The San Joaquin Valley enjoyed three weeks of healthy air in July for the first time in 20 years.
The California Fish and Game Commission voted Wednesday to ban bobcat trapping in the state.