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.
Newsom says funding for new personnel and helicopters will help, while fire officials say there will be new safety measures during evacuations due to COVID-19. The news comes as California reported its deadliest day during the pandemic.
A fire burning on Peavine Mountain northwest of Reno in Washoe County, Nevada, burned structures and prompted evacuations Saturday afternoon.
California may need to take a lesson from what’s happening with wildfires in Arizona where more than 220,000 acres have burned. California’s peak dry season is usually late in the summer and fall, but fires have already begun at lower elevations.
PG&E pleaded guilty to 85 felony counts related to the 2018 Camp wildfire during a criminal arraignment in North Butte County Superior Court Tuesday.
Firefighters have made progress on containing a grass fire that began about 11:45 a.m. Friday near Grant Line Road and Keifer Boulevard between Sloughhouse and Folsom in Sacramento County.
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