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November 1, Supervisors Barbara Perlman-Whyman, Maureen McCarthy, and Glen Smith were all re-elected.  Their new terms expire 12/31/2020.

 

 

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You can live more safely in the Tahoe Basin by following proven steps to increase wildfire survival.  Living with Fire for the Lake Tahoe Basin outlines steps which can be taken to reduce the risk of wildfire to your home.

“Living With Fire in the Lake Tahoe Basin”

 

There are many different issues to consider when working in your Tahoe landscape.  While controlling erosion on your property, one must also consider local fire districts guidelines for keeping your home safe from wildfires.  

 

Check out this guide  for more information on combining BMPs and Defensible space:

"Combining BMPs and Defensible Space"

 

 

Defensible Space


Living in a fire prone area has its responsibilities.  Learning how to keep your property protected from wildfire is important part of living in Tahoe.   

 

Prior to European-American settlement, much of the Lake Tahoe Basin burned on average of every 5 to 18 years.  Because these areas burned so often, large amounts of wildfire fuels could not build up.  These low-intensity fires thinned out young trees and shrubs and also reduced the buildup of deep layers of pine needles, leaves, and twigs.  As a result, the forest was dominated by patches of large, mature trees with a sparse understory. Without these frequent fires, Tahoe’s forests have become overgrown and put us at high risk for high intensity fires that destroy neighborhoods, impact watersheds and take human lives. Therefore, it is important to implement Defensible Space practices to increase the likely hood of your home’s survival.

 

Here are some ways you can protect your home:

 

0-5 foot zone:  Noncombustible Area

  • Keep free of woodpiles, wood mulches, dead plants, leaves and pine needles and flammable shrubs.
  • Use only low-growing non-woody irrigated vegetation, low growing shrub specimens, rock mulches or hard surfaces in this zone.
  • Remove lower tree limbs and limbs within 10 feet of chimneys, houses, decks, power lines and propane tanks.

 

5-30 foot zone:  Lean, Clean and Green

  • Thin out thick shrubs to specimens or small groups of vegetation and remove flammable debris. 
  • Keep lawns mowed and shrubs trimmed.
  • Remove fallen pine needles and leaves every spring (“Rake in the spring, let them FALL in the fall.”)
  • Use noncombustible surfaces for walkways, patios and driveways.

 

*Page content adapted from “Living With Fire in the Lake Tahoe Basin”