This year's fire season never really ended and Cal Fire is once again staffing up its fire protection inspectors.

Crews are already inspecting defensible space in Nevada, Yuba and Placer counties, making sure that homeowners in high-risk areas clear the areas around their homes.

Thirty feet of brush need to be cleared and plants and trees should be pruned within a 70-foot area. There are fines for not following defensible space rules.