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Tahoe's Lack of Snow Means It's Now Fire Season All the Time

Coming off of one of the worst ski seasons ever, Tahoe now has a whole different set of problems to focus on: wildfires. California's historic drought has forced ski areas to close early, prompted statewide water restrictions, and caused some desperate snow lovers to turn to rock skiing. Now, with the lack of moisture, Cal Fire fire captain Mike Mohler told NBC News that Tahoe locals can expect "explosive fire growth." So instead of waiting until California's normal peak fire season, in late summer and early fall when Santa Ana and Diablo winds intensify, people need to be worried about fires now.

The Sierra Nevada mountain range is stuck in a four-season drought that doesn't look to let up anytime soon. And the snowpack recorded this year on April 1 (normally its peak period), was near zero.

More on the California Drought:
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Ski Industry Expert Says 31% of Today's Ski Areas Are Dying
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Weather.com reveals that across the state, Cal Fire has had a busy year on its hands already, responding to almost 850 blazes since January 1. But instead of just focusing on fire suppression, firefighters in the Tahoe area are doing everything they can to create defensible space around homes and mitigate the fire risks.

Fingers crossed for a wet May.

· Historic California Drought Creates a Hazardous Situation: Year-Round Fire Season [Weather]
· Lack of Snow Prompts Statewide California Water Restrictions [Curbed Ski]