We have many tools available to educators, homeowners, community groups, and firefighting professionals to help educate and inform yourself and others about mitigating the wildfire threat in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Presented below are some of the resources we have available to help make your home and community more likely to survive a wildfire.
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How We Can Help
The following publication graphic files (created using Adobe InDesign) are available for you to customize for your area. Check out each publication to determine which one meets your needs, and then contact us to request the files.
- It Takes a Community
This display was funded by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Nevada State Office and can be checked out for use at community events, HOA meetings, fire department activities and many other types of events throughout Nevada. Please contact us for more information or to request it for your event. Note that transportation is not provided. Requests from outside of Nevada should be coordinated through your local BLM office.
- Living With Fire – Lake Tahoe Basin
This display was funded by a National Fire Plan grant from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Nevada State Office and can be checked out for use at community events, HOA meetings, fire department activities and other events throughout Nevada. Please contact us for more information or to request it for your event. Note that transportation is not provided.
- Living With Fire – Fire Adapted Communities
This display was funded by the Nevada Division of Forestry and USDA Forest Service in cooperation with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension as part of a Washoe County project. It can be reserved for use at community events, HOA meetings, fire department activities and many other types of events. Please contact us for more information or to request it for your event. Note that transportation is not provided.
- Living With Fire – Lake Tahoe Basin Outdoor Display
This display is now available! It was developed with funding from the USDA Forest Service and Nevada Division of Forestry. It can be checked out for use at community events, HOA meetings, fire department activities and many other types of events throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin. Please contact us for more information or to request it for your event. Note that transportation is not provided.
View the many promotional items we have available to help build awareness and promote action in reducing the wildfire threat. Many of the graphic files for these items are available for your use. Contact us to request a copy or to learn more about these items.
Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Month 2014 was held May 1 – 31. The focus of this effort was to promote homeowner and resident actions that help prepare their home for wildfire, rather than the traditional thinking that firefighters will protect our homes when a wildfire does occur. Often it’s the actions a homeowner takes before a wildfire that help it survive.
The Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Summit has been held in previous years to provide information and tools to assist residents to reduce wildfire risks to their homes and communities. Since 2013, this event has no longer been held. You can see reports about past events below. Representatives are available to give a presentation to your homeowners association, community group, or organization. Go to the “Contact Us” page now and let us know how we can help.
2012 Tahoe Fire Summit Report
We have a variety of PowerPoint and video presentations available for your use. Download the files here, or contact us to request a CD.
We can assist in scheduling a workshop or presentation to interested groups on a variety of topics – just ask! Contact us to discuss how we can help at your next meeting or event.
The Ember House is a youth activity promoting wildfire ember awareness for young and old alike. Built by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, the Ember House is a scaled-down house front featuring vulnerable spots to embers, such as rain gutter with pine needles, wood shake roof, open window, unscreened vents, juniper bush, and an open garbage can. Participants are given 3 bright orange ping-pong balls (embers) which they toss at the house trying to land them into the vulnerable spots.
Hopefully, the parents are asking “Why do they have my child throwing embers at this house?” presenting a valuable teachable moment. This is a great time for The Ember House attendee to hand out the Be Ember Aware publication and discuss ember preparedness with the adults.
The Ember House is available for use at your school, community or fire station event. You can check it out for your own use with advanced notice, or when available, a program representative can be asked to participate. Note that when dismantled, the Ember House fits into a pick-up truck bed. It assembles quickly, but requires two individuals. The Ember House can be set up on grass or non-compacted dirt, using stakes driven into the ground for stability. When using the Ember House indoors, sand bags should be used in lieu of the stakes, but are not provided.
To request the Ember House or for a representative to participate in your event, contact us or call Sonya Sistare at 775-336-0271.