Chief’s Corner: Spring has sprung — is your defensible space done? |

Chief’s Corner: Spring has sprung — is your defensible space done?

Mike Brown

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.

Several consecutive dry winters has led to severe to exceptional drought conditions over most of the west with California and Nevada recording the most extreme conditions.

It is more important 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 has done 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.

Our defensible space and curbside chipping services will begin May 6. Call 775-831-0351, ext. 8118, or go to to request either of these services.

Take advantage of the residential curbside yard waste recycling collection program offered by Waste Management and IVGID Waste Not May 5-July 25.

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 bi-weekly recycling service day — during the designated timeframe only.

For further information or questions, please call Waste Management 775-831-2971 or Incline Waste Not 775-832-1284.

For more information on the national fire outlook visit