Spring into Preparedness!
Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Campaign

Wildfire knows no season and no jurisdictional boundary. For this reason, the members of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team are launching the Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Campaign, running May through October. During this campaign, we will highlight the message: "Tahoe Wildfire Ready" by raising awareness with Lake Tahoe residents to focus on fire preparedness and prevention topics, such as defensible space, evacuation preparedness, wildfire prevention and more.

By preparing now and throughout the season, residents and visitors can save precious time in the event of an evacuation by signing up for county emergency alerts, packing a go-bag, and crafting a family evacuation plan ahead of time. Residents can increase the odds of their homes and neighborhoods surviving a wildfire by managing vegetation around their property and retrofitting their structures to be more resistant to embers. 

In support of this campaign, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors adopted a proclamation in April, and this month the Placer County Board of Supervisors and the TRPA are scheduled to do the same.

Historically, May was known as Wildfire Awareness Month, but with the duration and severity of fire season, and the impacts to Lake Tahoe's environmental, economic and social well-being, we recognize that residents must prepare their homes and neighborhoods to survive wildfire and commit to be fire adapted.

We know, especially with the recent memory of the Caldor Fire, the importance of preparing a go-bag and practicing a family evacuation plan.

To watch last year’s Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Campaign virtual workshops to learn about fire-resistant landscaping, fire and weather, prevention efforts being taken by utility companies, the impacts of wildfire smoke, home hardening, and the benefits of prescribed fire, visit www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/resources/webinars-and-virtual-workshops-2/.

For additional resources and information, visit TahoeLivingWithFire.com.
Firewise Communities Prepare for Wildfire in North Tahoe

In just three years, our active and engaged community members have taken the initiative to form nine Firewise USA® communities in the North Tahoe Fire/Meeks Bay Fire/Alpine Meadows communities! A number of new community-based Firewise Committees are actively working through the process to receive this recognition.

These outstanding Firewise leaders are busy planning community work days with the knowledge that being truly fire adapted requires action at the community level. They bring neighbors together to reduce the threat of wildfire, and North Tahoe Fire is eager to support these efforts. North Tahoe Fire currently has grant funding available to provide community assistance, such as green waste dumpsters, for organized community work days to reduce dangerous fuels throughout the community. We've already reserved over 30 green waste dumpsters to support these active Firewise communities for the 2022 season! Firewise leaders track the number of volunteer hours and cash spent specific to plan and conduct the community workday as a 1:1 match for the community assistance funds provided.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a neighborhood leader, the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities provides excellent support and resources. Contact our Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator to get started!

In addition to making communities safer and more resilient to wildfire, California Firewise USA® communities may also be eligible for discounts on homeowners' insurance.
Tahoe PTEIR Recognized
North Tahoe Fire is honored to be recognized by the Association of Environmental Professionals with the Outstanding Environmental Analysis Document award. The award was presented to CAL FIRE, California Tahoe Conservancy, North Tahoe Fire and Lake Valley Fire for work developing and certifying the Tahoe Program Timberland Environmental Impact Report (PTEIR). The Tahoe PTEIR is the first in California's history to address a long-term program of forest management across private, local, state and federal lands within the Wildland Urban Interface throughout the California side of the Tahoe Basin. The document was prepared with assistance of Ascent Environmental to evaluate the environmental impacts of numerous forest treatment activities consistent with both CEQA and the Z'berg-Nejedly Forest Practice Act. Numerous projects are currently in development using the PTEIR, which was designed to increase the pace and scale of fuels treatments, with implementation to begin Summer 2022.
Preparedness Incentives with the California Department of Insurance
Thanks to the California Department of Insurance and their Safer from Wildfires program, efforts like those undertaken by Firewise USA® communities are being recognized and many insurance companies are now offering discounts on homeowners' insurance. Recently, the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation Forest Futures Salon provided a detailed overview of the program, along with information from local fire agencies on resources to prepare communities for wildfire. The event is available to view on demand.
CERT Members are Preparing for Basic Disaster Response
We are excited to announce that our beloved CERT program reconvened monthly meetings in April, and we are recruiting new members!

This team of dedicated volunteers celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2020, but shortly after, the onset of the pandemic interrupted our in-person meetings.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects.​

​Currently we have approximately 50 CERT members. Contact CERT Program Leader Michael Sacci for more information and to join our team!
Seasonal Curbside Chipping and Defensible Space Inspections to Resume

North Tahoe Fire is proud to announce that grant-funded curbside chipping services and defensible space inspections will once again be available to our residents at no cost to them for the 2022 season.

Residents can sign up now for curbside chipping for services beginning in June. Residents will be able to schedule their defensible space inspections online later in May after our seasonal inspectors begin working for the 2022 season. We are still accepting applications for defensible space inspectors, and will train the right candidate.

For residents with concerns about hazardous trees or vegetation management issues on U.S. Forest Service lands near your property at Lake Tahoe:
  • U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Hazardous Tree Phone Line: (530) 543-2759

To Report an Issue on California Tahoe Conservancy Lands:
  • CTC Phone Line: (530) 542-5580 or submit an inquiry via the CTC website 
Wildfire Preparedness Day - May 7th

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is a national campaign held the first Saturday of May to encourage people and organizations everywhere to raise awareness and reduce wildfire risks.
Prep Day is focused on what you can do in and around your home to help protect against the threat of wildfires. 

Download the NFPA Toolkit for ideas.