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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Fire Adapted Community

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Can Your Ashes

 Public Service Announcement

Recent house fires prompt official warning to 'can your ashes'

Improperly stored fireplace ashes are being blamed for a 2011 Christmas Day blaze in Connecticut which killed five people. Two recent fires in South Lake Tahoe had the same cause, one was stopped quickly, but the other developed into a full blown structure fire. Lake Valley Fire Protection District with the assistance of South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, were able to control and contain the fire from extending to another home a few feet away, as well as, the quick stop into the adjacent wildland.

Authorities said discarded fireplace and wood stove ashes are a major cause of house fires every year.

Locally, the Lake Valley Fire Protection District has kicked off a "Can your ashes" campaign.

The campaign is designed to educate residents about the inherent dangers associated with disposing fireplace, wood stove or barbecue ashes in an improper container or location.

Embers, often concealed in what appears to be cold ashes, can remain hot enough to kindle a fire for several days. In one of the recent blazes, a resident placed hot ashes into a plastic trash container, and then placed the trash can on the back deck. The trash later caught fire, burned through the container, and set the outside wall of the home on fire. The fire finally breached the wall which ultimately caused major damage throughout the entire structure.

In a second Lake Valley fire, fire officials said, hot ashes from a wood stove were placed into a non-metal container (5 gallon plastic construction bucket) and placed in the laundry room. The next morning the residents discovered that the bucket burned a hole through the floor and was still smoldering underneath the subfloor. This is a fire that obviously, could have been much worse.

Officials said ashes in both Lake Valley fires were improperly stored.

According to the most recent National Fire Protection Agency statistics compiled from 1994-1998, improperly discarded ashes caused 9,870 residential structure fires, 32 civilian deaths and 171 civilian injuries. Two residents recently died in their home within the Tahoe basin due to a similar incident with hot ashes.


To safely dispose of ashes, fire officials offer these tips:

  • Never store ashes in bags or boxes.
  • Place discarded ashes in a heavy metal container, douse with water, and cover with fitted metal lid.
  • Store the container outside, away from structures, decks, fences, wood piles or other combustible materials.
  • Never use a vacuum cleaner to pick up ashes.
  • Contact your local trash collection agency for their disposal recommendations after ashes have cooled and embers are out.


Manufacturers advise that wood stoves should never be completely cleaned of ashes during the burning season. They burn more safely and efficiently with a layer of ash in the bed.

General fire safety tips:


  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom. Test them at least once a month.
  • Keep anything that can burn – like stockings, gifts, decorations, and Christmas trees at least three feet from space heaters and other heat sources.
  • Never leave the kitchen when something is cooking.
  • Keep candles and matches out of the reach of children.
  • Extinguish all fires, even candles, when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Remember to call 911 for all fires, no matter how small.



This Public Service campaign to 'can your ashes' can save lives and property. Lake Valley Fire Protection District would like to help make available a limited amount of ash cans to those that cannot afford to purchase one.

Be Safe,


John Poell

Battalion Chief / Fire Marshal

Lake Valley Fire Protection District





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Hazardous Wood Roof Replacement Grant Program

Hazardous Wood Roof Replacement Grant Program

Lake Valley is no longer accepting roof grant applications

  • For those who already have applications in, it will take some time for Cal EMA to process them.  You will probably not hear from us until July or August.

  • There will be instructions for homeowners when it is time to start receiving roofing bids – Cal EMA has to confirm that the properties are eligible.

  • A courtesy roofing contractor list will be made available at that time.

  • All defensible space must be compliant with a final inspection after the roof has been completed.

  •  Visit the Wood Roof Replacement Program page...

Thank you!

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Welcome to the new Lake Valley Fire Protection District website!

Our new website was launched summer 2012 to provide easier access to the services of Lake Valley Fire Protection District.  Our goal is to quickly answer any questions or concerns raised by residents and visitors to our district, with accesible and organized web based information technology.

Please browse our new website, and welcome to Lake Valley Fire Protection District!

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50th Annual Firefighter's Ball

Thank you, Lake Tahoe, for making our 50th Annual Firefighter's Ball a resounding success!  We are grateful to our community. If you are the recipient of a silent auction prize or raffle ticket, please feel free to pick it up at our fire station in Meyers (2211 Keetak Street). You may call us at 530-577-3737.

The first ball was Feb. 4, 1961. It was initiated by the Lake Valley Ladies Auxiliary to assist in raising money for the district’s training and equipment needs. The first band to play at the ball was the Don Keller Band, and the event was at the American Legion Hall. In subsequent years, local bands such as George Worth, Mal and the Movers, and The Riptides entertained dancers throughout the evening.

If you’re doing the math and counting the years from 1961, this should be the 51st annual event. In 1964, however, part of the American Legion Hall collapsed under the snow load and the ball was canceled for that year.

Starting in 1965 the ball was at the Elk’s Club Lodge in Meyers. During those years, dinner was cooked and served to attendees by the firefighters and the ball became the area’s premier event. Many times the crowd exceeded the capacity of the hall.

Extra outhouses had to be brought in and outfitted with heat and lights.

On April 21, 1961, Lake Valley personnel bought three new American La France fire engines. At the time, Lake Valley had 17 paid firefighters and 19 volunteers. Current staffing is 25 paid firefighters and 20 volunteers.

Due to the large crowds, the ball was moved to the casinos.

Proceeds from the ball have assisted the district as well as the community in many ways. Necessary equipment has been purchased for the firefighters and paramedics, including defibrillators, extrication equipment (“Jaws of Life”), ice rescue suits, and wildland fire gear. The funds also allow Lake Valley personnel to provide free community CPR classes and, most recently, scholarships for South Tahoe High School students to attend the Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy.

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Search and Rescue Training Photo Gallery!

Lake Valley personnel assisted El Dorado County Search and Rescue teams while training with National Guard Blackhawk helicopters.  View the photos on Facebook!

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