Message from the Fire Chief

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Summer is going by quickly and as we continue to navigate the COVID19 pandemic while keeping our first responders and community as safe as possible by adhering to the guidelines set forth by our governing agencies, we also want to remind folks about general summer safety tips and fire restriction regulations in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

When planning outdoor family activities such as camping, barbecuing, boating or any water activities on Lake Tahoe, please be sure to check the weather. If a Red Flag Warning is in effect (a Red Flag Warning is issued by the National Weather Service to inform the public when critical weather conditions exist that may result in extreme fire behavior) all forms of open flame are prohibited during these conditions. Red Flag warnings can be a fairly common occurrence during the summer months and should be taken seriously.

Fire season restrictions can vary depending on where you are; the Lake Tahoe Basin covers two states, five counties, and ten fire agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. Contact your local Fire District to find out what the local fire restriction regulations are in your area.

Most Fire Districts offer free chipping and defensible space services. Now is a good time to take advantage of these services and create defensible space around your home. Please note, we can issue free tree removal permits for fire hazard trees but their removal must accompany complete defensible space treatments. You can also learn about becoming a Fire Adapted Neighborhood Leader and work with your neighbors to collectively reduce your neighborhood’s risk from wildfire.

Residential curbside yard waste recycling collection dates are offered June 1 – August 21 and September 30 – October 25, 2020, courtesy of Waste Management. Please visit for more information and details.

It is also a good idea to sign up for regional alert notifications

We hope this safety information helps you and your family stay safe and be prepared.

Thank you,

Ryan E. Sommers
Fire Chief

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