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Tahoe Chief’s Corner: June is Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Month

Ryan Sommers
Chief’s Corner

With Memorial weekend around the corner, it marks the beginnings of summer, and although lately it's been looking and feeling like "June-uary," before we know it we'll be enjoying the warm summer months and recreating outdoors.

The month of June has been designated "Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Month" in the Lake Tahoe Basin. This year's theme is "Think First. Keep Tahoe Fire Safe."

There will be lots of information coming out about what we can all do to help prevent wildfires while enjoying and recreating outdoors including community events focusing on Defensible Space and Fire Adapted Communities.

A Fire Adapted Community (FAC) is a community located in a fire-prone area that requires little assistance from firefighters during a wildfire. Residents of these communities accept responsibility for living in a high fire-hazard area. They possess the knowledge and skills to:

• Prepare their homes and property to survive wildfire.

• Evacuate early, safely and effectively.

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• Survive, if trapped by wildfire.

Things you can do to become more fire adapted include:

• Visit our website at nltfpd.net to learn about how to prepare for a wildfire, situational awareness before a fire, when to evacuate, and what you and your neighborhood should expect during a response.

• Give us a call, 775-831-0351 or go online to request a defensible space evaluation on your property.

• Create a plan to address issues in your property's Defensible Space Zone, including: maintaining a noncombustible area around the perimeter of your home; managing vegetation along fences; clearing debris from decks and patios, eaves, and porches; selecting proper landscaping and plants; knowing the local ecology and fire history; moving radiant heat sources away from the home (i.e., wood piles, fuel tanks, sheds); and thinning trees and ladder fuels around the home.

• Develop a personal and family preparedness plan.

• Support land management agencies by learning about wildfire risk reduction efforts, such as using prescribed fire to manage local landscapes.

• For more information on vegetation management guidelines, please visit tahoe.livingwithfire.info.

"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.