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  • Welcome to Lake Valley Fire Protection District

    Welcome to Lake Valley Fire Protection District

    It is the mission of the Lake Valley Fire Protection District to protect our community, its people, and environment, by providing the highest level of fire suppression, emergency medical, disaster, hazardous materials, and fire prevention Read More
  • Operations Division

    Operations Division

    The mission of the Operations Division is to protect our community's people, property and environment by conducting aggressive emergency operations to mitigate threats caused by fire, medical emergencies, hazardous materials, and disasters. Read More
  • Fire Prevention Division

    Fire Prevention Division

    The mission of the fire prevention division is to protect our community's people, property and environment by preventing emergencies through providing inspection, plan checking, and fire and life safety education services. The Fire Prevention Division Read More
  • Fire Adapted Community

    Fire Adapted Community

    A Fire Adapted Community acknowledges and takes responsibility for its wildfire risk, and implements appropriate actions at all levels. Actions address resident safety, homes, neighborhoods, businesses and infrastructure, forests, parks, open spaces and other community assets Read More
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Defensible Space and Chipping Online Request Form

The defensible space and chipping services will be opening soon for the season. Please use the links below to and fill out the online forms to make your requests.

For Defensible Space requests, please click on the link below and fill out the online request form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyZOuRYy2KGn4cmb5O-PTqJUEtIA1vEpjKp1g5E4dlxZP1DQ/viewform

For Chipping requests, please click in the link below and fill out the online request form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeyuN1cwCMT0HVJwEut5-7IwJO-jNHccrFcnTjQneVJqinK4g/viewform

***Please make every effort to request services using the online forms. This will help to streamline your request.

If you are experiencing difficulty, you may call (530) 577-2447 (CHIP)

 

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Public Review and Comment -Program Timberland Environmental Impact Report

The draft “Program Timberland Environmental Impact Report” (PTEIR) has been released for public review. Public review and comment period will span from May 22, 2020 to July 6, 2020. For more details to this process, including dates and times to public meetings, please visit the following website: https://www.ntfire.net/tahoe-pteir

01_Tahoe_PTEIR_Notice_of_Availability.pdf

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Coronavirus Update from El Dorado County

CORONAVIRUS 2019 (COVID-19):
UPDATE FOR EL DORADO COUNTY


Updated - March 4, 2020

Current Status:

El Dorado County health officials and agency partners are closely monitoring the outbreak of novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) that originated in China.

  • El Dorado County - As of noon today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in El Dorado County.
  • California - As of noon today, there are a total of 53 positive cases of COVID-19 in California and one fatality. The person who passed away had underlying health problems and was a resident of Placer County. For the latest California information - Click here 
  • United States - For national information about COVID-19, including number of cases - Click here


What is COVID-19:

COVID-19 is a virus that can cause respiratory symptoms similar to seasonal flu, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some people have no symptoms. According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), while COVID-19 has a high transmission rate, it has a low mortality rate. There are several types of coronavirus; COVID-19 is only one (recently identified) type. Most people who become ill from coronaviruses that circulate in the U.S. recover on their own. Some people, particularly those with underlying health problems, the elderly or those with severe symptoms, may require more intensive medical care.


How to Protect Yourself:

We believe coronavirus is similar to seasonal flu. The best way to protect yourself and others from any virus, including seasonal flu and coronaviruses, is to use good hygiene and to stay away from those who are sick. We recommend incorporating these steps into your daily routine:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
  • Stay home from work and school if you're sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes
  • If you're sick enough to seek medical care and think you have any respiratory illness, including COVID-19, it's important to call the medical facility before arriving and follow directives to avoid exposing others
  • If you work in an office, you can post this flyer (English / Spanish) as a good prevention reminder for everyone


What is El Dorado County Doing to Prepare for COVID-19:

El Dorado County Public Health and agency partners are actively monitoring reports about COVID-19, and taking steps to respond if a case is identified in the county. Public Health and partners are frequently participating in statewide conference calls and receiving situation updates and guidance from CDPH; sharing guidance with local healthcare providers, other County agencies and organizations; reviewing local emergency preparedness plans; and sharing resources. Agency partners are also coordinating with CDPH and neighboring counties, and participating in regional meetings to ensure a coordinated response. 

Local partners include the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Office of Emergency Services, Emergency Preparedness and Response, local hospitals and health care facilities, and others. 

El Dorado County Public Health is also coordinating with local healthcare providers and monitoring people deemed to be low, medium and high risk of possible exposure to COVID-19. Risks are assigned based on travel history and possible exposure to someone confirmed to have the virus. To date, a handful of individuals in the County who fit the criteria above are coordinating with Public Health to monitor their health and potential symptoms. One individual has been tested. Results of that test are pending. Public Health is following CDC guidance regarding who should be tested.


Risk of Transmission:

Although the risk of transmission remains low for the general public, it's important to notify your healthcare provider and El Dorado County Public Health if you have one of the following risk factors:

  • Recent travel to mainland China, Italy, Iran, Japan, and South Korea (within the last 14 days) and have respiratory symptoms.  (See Guidance for Travelers)
  • Close contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19

To reach El Dorado County Public Health with questions about prevention, risks and potential exposure, call the Communicable Disease hotline at (530) 621-6320 in Placerville or (530) 573-3154 in South Lake Tahoe.


Masks:

At this time, it isn't recommended that healthy people wear masks. However, masks are recommended for people who are sick with respiratory symptoms to prevent the spread of viruses. If you're sick with a fever and respiratory symptoms that require you to seek medical care, you'll likely be asked to wear a mask at the healthcare facility.


Where to Learn More:


El Dorado County Press Releases:

February 28, 2020

Note: This EDC COVID-19 information web page will be updated weekly on Fridays.

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CORONAVIRUS 2019 (COVID-19): LOCAL PREPAREDNESS MEASURES AND PRECAUTIONS

 NEWS RELEASE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 28, 2020

(Placerville, CA) – El Dorado County health officials and agency partners are closely monitoring the outbreak of novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) that originated in China. As of today, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in El Dorado County.

“It’s important to keep in mind that while the situation is evolving, the risk throughout the U.S. is currently low,” said El Dorado County Health Officer, Nancy Williams.

COVID-19 is a virus that can cause symptoms similar to seasonal flu, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some people have no symptoms. According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), while COVID-19 has a high transmission rate, it has a low mortality rate. There have been no confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 in the United States to date. There are several types of Coronavirus; COVID-19 is only one (recently identified) type. Most people who become ill from coronaviruses that circulate in the U.S. recover on their own. Some people, particularly those with underlying health problems, the elderly or those with severe symptoms, may require more intensive medical care.

“We believe coronavirus is very similar to seasonal flu. The best way to protect yourself and others from any virus, including seasonal flu and coronaviruses, is to use good hygiene and to stay away from others who are sick,” said Dr. Williams. “Now is the time to establish these habits, if you have not already, that can help you avoid getting sick.” Community members can incorporate the following specific preventive steps into their daily routines:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
  • Stay home from work and school if you’re sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes
  • If you’re sick enough to seek medical care and think you have any respiratory illness, including COVID-19, be sure to alert the medical facility before arriving and follow directives to avoid exposing others

El Dorado County Public Health and agencies partners are continuing to actively monitor reports regarding COVID-19, and taking steps to be prepared to respond if a case is identified in the county. Local partner agencies include the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Sheriff’s Office, Office of Emergency Services, Emergency Preparedness and Response, local hospitals and health care facilities, and others.

Public Health and other departments are participating in frequent statewide conference calls; regularly receiving situation updates and guidance from CDPH; sharing pertinent information and guidance with local healthcare providers, other County agencies and organizations; reviewing local emergency preparedness plans; and sharing resources. Agency partners are also coordinating with CDPH and neighboring counties, and participating in regional meetings to ensure a coordinated response.

To learn more about COVID-19, including the latest information, visit the CDPH website: https://bit.ly/36CjxNg or the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Lower Montgomery Estates Community (Golden Bear) Earns First South Lake Tahoe National Firewise USA® Designation

    PRESS RELEASE

Lower Montgomery Estates Community (Golden Bear) Earns First South Lake Tahoe National Firewise USA® Designation

Meyers, CA Feb 5, 2020 – Residents of the Golden Bear Community have been recognized with a Firewise USA® designation by the National Fire Protection Association, making them the first South Lake Tahoe community to earn this designation.

The Golden Bear Community established neighborhood leaders that partnered with Lake Valley Fire Protection District, CAL FIRE and the Tahoe Resource Conservation District to complete stringent criteria in order to participate in the Firewise USA® program and prepare their community for wildfire. Residents completed a wildfire hazard assessment, developed an action plan to guide their efforts to reduce the risk of wildfire in their community, coordinated a community evacuation drill and created a neighborhood website for dissemination of information as it relates to crises and natural disasters.

When asked why the neighborhood wanted to become a Firewise USA® community, resident Steve Martenson replied “during red flag conditions a house on Lodgepole Trail caught fire. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire and prevent spread to the neighboring homes and vegetation, but it was a wakeup call. It made us realize that there is more that we can do without relying on local heroes. We wanted to know how we could help ourselves and take steps to make our community safer”.

In order to complete the required criteria homeowners volunteered hundreds of hours of their time to complete defensible space projects, which removed 189 cubic yards of biomass fuels through curbside chipping and defensible space projects with the help of the Tahoe Resource Conservation District’s Fire Adapted Communities Program. The Golden Bear Community invested nearly $13,000 in fire prevention and defensible space work in 2019.

This designation makes Golden Bear one of approximately 1500 neighborhoods in the country recognized for their efforts in wildfire preparedness. Lake Valley Fire Protection District would like to thank community leaders Donarae Reynolds and Patti Assayag along with website designer Steve Martensen for their efforts in helping to establish a Firewise USA® community.

Building on the accomplishments of Golden Bear local agencies have scheduled additional evacuation drills in the Meyers, CA area and will use Golden Bear as their blueprint for success. Communities interested in participating in the Firewise USA® program can learn more at www.firewise.org/usa or contact the Tahoe Resource Conservation District at 530-543-1501 ext. 114.

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