Squaw Valley Fire Department updates district’s fire code

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The Squaw Valley Fire Department has been working to update the District’s Fire Code to amend, and adopted as amended, the 2019 California Fire Code.

The proposed changes are mostly technical in nature, changing how the Code references the California fire and building codes as well as the national standards, a news release states. The regulations create a higher safety standard required for climatic, geologic and topographical differences in the district.

The most significant changes, according to the release, include banning of open burning (including charcoal grills) during the high fire danger months in the summer; and changes to the regulations for open flame devices, automatic sprinkler systems, lock boxes, and gates on private roads.

“The changes will convey to insurance agencies that the District goes above and beyond to protect our community (along with other practices like our robust commitment to defensible space),” the release states. “Additionally, the proposed fire code is more consistent with the fire code of our neighboring jurisdictions. This consistency has been requested by local contractors and developers, will make the regulations easier to understand for visitors which may stay in Truckee, Northstar or North Tahoe for one visit and Squaw the next.”

A public hearing will be held to review, explain, and allow for public input on the intended revisions at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 19 at the Squaw Valley Public Service District’s Community Room, 305 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley.

A certified copy of the 2019 California Fire Code, the proposed amendments thereto, and the proposed Ordinance amending and adopting the 2019 California Fire Code are on file with the Board Secretary and are open to public inspection and are available on the District’s website, For additional information,call 530-583-4692.

For those unable to attend, written comments will be considered by the board and should be submitted, prior to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 to the board secretary at the district office, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or by mail at P.O. Box 2026, Olympic Valley, California 96146.

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