Message from the Chief

It’s finally time to swap out snow shovels and ice scrapers for rakes and gardening tools!

As the season quickly changes from winter to summer, flower blooms are filling in replacing blankets of snow and we’re seeing that annual layer of pine needles that will need to be raked and removed.

Our Defensible Space & Chipping services will begin May 28, 2019 and we will begin taking requests beginning May 20, 2019. Requests can be made on line Curbside Chipping. Please be sure you are taking every precaution to protect your home from wildfire by getting a defensible space evaluation. The fire district can issue free tree removal permits for fire hazard trees, but their removal must accompany complete defensible space treatments. Also take advantage of the Residential Curbside Yard Waste Recycling Collection through Waste Management, April 29 – July 19 and September 30 – October 25, 2019. For more information on that program, call 775-831-2971.

For homeowners that have a vacant USFS lot next adjacent to your home, you can adopt a lot/ask about lot stewardship by calling 530-543-2759.

Now is the perfect time to complete defensible space clean up around homes, review your emergency preparedness and evacuation plans, sign-up for emergency alerts, and talk to neighbors about the importance of wildfire preparedness.
Permanent residents, second-home owners and vacation home owners/renters should familiarize themselves with and follow advice found at Tahoe Living With Fire on how to prepare their homes and neighborhoods from the threat of wildfire.

Another step toward wildfire preparedness is to sign-up for the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities (TNFAC) newsletter. TNFAC provides community members with education, communication and advice; facilitates collaboration between communities and stakeholders; helps communities organize events and neighborhood-level vegetation removal projects and tracks community accomplishments. For more information about the TNFAC program, please visit Tahoe Resource Conservation District.

For more information on the 2018 Wildland Fire Outlook visit,

Stay Safe,

Thank you,

Ryan E. Sommers

Fire Chief

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