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Get defensive: Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Week

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TAHOE, Calif. and#8212;-The second annual Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Week will be held May 28-June 5 themed and#8220;Get Defensive: Weand#8217;re Counting on You!and#8221; The focus will be to promote community based defensible space activities. Fire agencies, fire safe chapters and local organizations will collaborate to hold community clean up days including offering free chipping and pine needle pick-ups and hosting neighborhood meetings and educational activities.

The goal of the Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Week is to encourage individual action to reduce the threat of wildfire to homes and communities. Activities will provide information and resources to create defensible space around homes. Creating defensible space involves selecting and maintaining vegetation near the home, thereby reducing the risk homes will be ignited and destroyed during a wildfire. It takes coordinated effort between individuals and local fire and other agencies to prepare a community to survive wildfire. Play your part in protecting Lake Tahoe Basin communities from wildfire. Join in wildfire week activities to and#8220;get defensiveand#8221; with others in your community. For information about activities and how to create defensible space in the Tahoe Basin visit http://www.livingwithfire.info/tahoe, contact Susie Kocher at 530-542-2571 or sdkocher@ucdavis.edu.

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