Numerous programs that can help you create defensible space are available in each fire service area of the Tahoe Basin. Everything from free dump day for pine needles and cleared brush to a curbside visit by a chipping machine for downed limbs and trees may be available in your area. Contact your local fire agency for more information. See the fire district map here for contact information, or learn about the services each provides regarding defensible space inspections or tree permitting here.
The most important free help you can get is a defensible space evaluation and a copy of “Fire Adapted Communities – The Next Step in Wildfire Preparedness”. Download a copy here or pick one up at your nearest fire station. While fire services have an important role, creating defensible space is the responsibility of you and your neighbors. And working together with neighbors is a great way to reduce the costs as you work towards becoming a fire adapted community.
- Best Management Practices (BMP) Inspections
- Conservation Landscaping
- Curbside chipping – See the list here to contact your local fire agency
- Defensible Space Evaluations – See the list here to contact your local fire agency
- Forest Fuel Reduction – Contact your local fire agency or the U. S. Forest Service
- Managing Vacant Lots – Contact your county or fire agency to determine ownership
- Stewardship Programs – Contact the U. S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 530-543-2600 or visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/ltbmu
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