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Tahoe chief’s corner: Spring into action — get your defensible space evaluation

Ryan Sommers
Chief’s Corner

Coupled with an average last winter and three consecutive dry winters prior, we are still experiencing extreme to exceptional drought conditions over the eastern Sierra, according to the National Weather Service.

It is important now more than ever that we all do our part to create Defensible Space around our homes. Even with the extensive fuels mitigation work our Fire District continues to conduct in and around our community; we still need you to do your part!

Consider having a Defensible Space Evaluation done and find out exactly what you can do to help make your home more defendable from wildfire. To request a Defensible Space Evaluation or Chipping service, call 775-831-0351, ext. 8118, or sign up online at http://www.nltdpd.net. Both services are free; all you have to do is sign up.

Take advantage of the Residential Curbside Yard Waste Recycling Collection program offered by Waste Management and Incline Waste Not through July 18. Residents will be mailed "yard waste only" stickers from Waste Management.

Conduct your property clean up, fill heavy duty bags with vegetative yard waste, attach one sticker to each bag and set out on your route's recycling service day — during the designated timeframe only (April 25 – July 18). For further information or questions, please call Waste Management 775-831-2971 or Incline Waste Not 775-832-1284.

Working together, we can all be better prepared for wildfire. Visit tahoe.livingwithfire.info to learn more.

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For more information on the national fire outlook, visit http://www.nifc.gov.

"Chief's Corner" is a regular feature from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Interim Chief Ryan Sommers, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.