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Tahoe Chief’s Corner: Pile burning key component of a Fire Adapted Community

Mike Brown

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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A Fire Adapted Community takes responsibility for its wildfire risk. Actions address resident safety, homes, neighborhoods, businesses and infrastructure, forests, parks, open spaces and other community assets. The more actions a community takes, the more fire adapted it becomes.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Multi-Jurisdictional Fuel Reduction and Wildfire Prevention Strategy — developed by federal, state and local land managers and fire services of the Lake Tahoe Basin — facilitates the strategic decisions made to reduce the probability of a catastrophic wildfire, and establishes a process for identifying and prioritizing projects that will have the greatest benefit for Lake Tahoe communities.

Fuels reduction projects protect communities by reducing fire behavior, giving firefighters a chance to catch wildfires before they become catastrophic.

The projects also help to restore and maintain fire resilient landscapes by emulating the disturbance of frequent, low-intensity fires that shaped the landscape and ecology of the Lake Tahoe Basin. These types of projects include: hand thinning, mechanical thinning, understory burning and pile burning.

Our Fire District, working in unison with our land managers and neighboring fire districts, has been conducting pile burns over the fall and winter months, as one of the tools in the Multi-Jurisdictional Fuel Reduction and Wildfire Prevention Strategy to reduce the wildfire threat in our community.

This ongoing effort will enable us to continue our endeavor in sustaining our Fire Adapted Community status.

We coordinate with the county air pollution control district and monitor weather conditions closely prior to igniting a prescribed burn. We are thankful for the community’s support and will continue to notify our residents and visitors of upcoming projects.

For those folks that are smoke sensitive and would like to be added to our smoke sensitive list, please call the Fire District at 775-831-0351, ext. 0 to speak with someone in person.

“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.

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