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CALFIRE to lift El Dorado Counties Burn Permit Suspension on Monday November 9th 2015 at 8:00 am

 

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE

Camino- Effective Monday November 9th 2015 at 8:00 am the burn permit suspension in Amador, El Dorado, Alpine, and Sacramento Counties will be lifted. CAL FIRE Amador- El Dorado acting Unit Chief Brian Estes is formally cancelling the burn permit suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Agriculture burns must be inspected by CAL FIRE prior to burning until the end of the peak fire season. Inspections may be required for burns other than agriculture burns as well. This can be verified by contacting your local Air Quality Management District.

CAL FIRE burn permits will be required until the end of peak fire season. While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, we are still in our fourth year of drought. Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris or agriculture burns. Always use caution when burning, follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto neighboring property.

Residents wishing to burn MUST verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning by calling the appropriate number for your location;

South Lake Tahoe (530) 621-5842, (888) 332-2876

Pile Burning Requirements
• Only dry, natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned.
• The burning of trash, painted wood or other debris is not allowed.
• Do NOT burn on windy days.
• Piles should be no larger than four feet in diameter and in height. You can add to pile as it burns down.
• Clear a 10 foot diameter down to bare soil around your piles.
• Have a shovel and a water source nearby.
• An adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.
Safe residential pile burning of forest residue by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, Federal and Local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands.

For more information on burning, visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.

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Job Announcement: Apprentice Firefighter/Paramedic

Applications are due by November 20, 2015.  Visit our Employment Opportunities page for details.

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Job Annoucement: Apprentice Firefighter/Paramedic

Applications due November 20, 2015

Visit our Employment Opportunities page for details

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Press Release: LVFPD Receives ISO Public Protection Classification 2

Lake Valley Fire Protection District is proud to announce that effective September 1, 2014, the community served by the Fire District will have an ISO Public Protection Classification of 2 in areas with fire hydrants and 2Y for rural portions of the Fire District without fire hydrants.  The Fire District worked diligently over the last few years to reduce their community’s rating from a 5 to a 2. The Fire District is one of only 750 fire departments in the entire country to receive this designation.

The ramification of the new Public Protection Classification should be a significant reduction in fire insurance rates for all properties within Fire District boundaries.  Lake Valley Fire Protection District, Fire Chief Gareth Harris announced that “I am extremely proud of our hard working men and women who contributed countless hours towards reducing the risk rating for the community we proudly serve."

The Insurance Services Office, Inc. better known as ISO, is a company that serves insurance companies by evaluating communities all over the country and assigning a risk classification ranging from the lowest risk being 1 to the highest being a 10. They rate communities based on three criteria: The fire department’s capabilities, the firefighting water supply, and the emergency communications capability.

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pdfDownload the ISO Rating Letter

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Lake Tahoe Wildfire Preparedness Month

Lake Tahoe Wildfire Preparedness Month

May is the perfect time to prepare your home to survive a wildfire.  The livingwithfire.info/tahoe website has information and resources to help you do just that.  To find a Wildfire Awareness event or activity in your area, follow the link HERE to our calendar of events. View the Fire District Map  for their station locations and contact information.

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Wood Roof Replacement Program Updates

Lake Valley is no longer accepting roof grant applications

Phase 2 (implementation) has begun and we are happy to announce that all Phase 1 participants have been deemed eligible.

The Roofing Contractors Courtesy List is available for download.  Any interested contractors please contact us for details of the bidding process and to be added to the list.

All defensible space must be compliant with a final inspection upon the completion of the roof.

For more information visit the Wood Roof Replacement Program page...

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Firefighter Paramedic Brandon “Mitch” Underhill

Firefighter Paramedic Brandon “Mitch” Underhill

Lake Valley Fire Protection District is deeply saddened to announce the unexpected death of 34 year old Firefighter Paramedic Brandon “Mitch” Underhill on Sunday, September 29, 2013.  Mitch joined the Fire District as a paid professional on September 27, 2005 and served the community with dedication and devotion for just over eight years until his untimely death.  

Mitch is survived by his wife and two young children, his parents, and a sister and brother. Donations to help out the family in these toughest of times can be made at any El Dorado Savings bank branch under the name of the “Underhill Family Fund”. A website has been set up at www.rememberingmitch.com

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Memorial Service Information

A memorial celebration of Brandon “Mitch” Underhill’s life is scheduled for Sunday, October 20, 2013 at St Theresa’s Church located at 1041 Lyons Ave, South Lake Tahoe CA 96150. A procession of fire apparatus will form up at Lake Valley Fire District, Station 7, located at 2211 Keetak Street in South Lake Tahoe CA 96150 at 1300. The procession will depart Station 7 at 1400 and arrive at St Theresa’s at approximately 1430. A full honors memorial service will take place after the procession arrives followed by a reception also at St Theresa’s in the neighboring hall.

If your department is interested in having fire apparatus in the procession or participating in the “sea of blue” at the church, please contact Leona Allen at 530-577-3737 or allen@caltahoefire.net.

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Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Event May 25, 2013

Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Event May 25, 2013

8 a.m. to 12 p.m. • Saturday, May 25

  • MontBleu Resort Area - Parking Lot and adjacent Pony Express Field
  • 8 a.m - 11 a.m. Tethered hot air balloon rides (weather permitting)
  • 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast
  • 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Family fun zone with games and activities, photo opportunities with Smokey Bear & firefighters, information booths, demonstrations, fire engines and exhibits

Wildfire Awareness Week sparks an important time for homeowners in the Lake Tahoe Basin to reduce the risk of wildfire on their property and around their home.

Join local fire protection agencies for a fun-filled Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Week Kick-off Event to learn about fire safety and creating defensible space.

With a dry summer ahead, fire districts are reminding everyone that fuel reduction is not a “bunch of hot air,” and will be offering free tethered hot air balloon rides in the Smokey Bear balloon (weather permitting).  Passengers will see the effects of recent wildfires as well as views of beautiful Lake Tahoe.

Event Flyer (PDF)

WAW-Kick-Off-Release Form (DOC) 

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Lake Valley Firefighter's Ball: March 1, 2013

Lake Valley Firefighter's Ball: March 1, 2013

The Lake Valley Firefighter's Ball will be helf Friday, March 1, 2013 at 8pm at the Montbleu Grand Ballroom.  

TICKETS: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

PURCHASE AT: Liras, Raleys and Lake Valley Stations 6 and 7

2 for 1 ENTRÉES: Echo, Nepheles, Scusa, Tep’s Villa Roma, Mirabelle, and Getaway Café

GRAND PRIZES: Sierra-at-Tahoe & Sierra Athletic Club Passes

FOR MORE INFO: 530.577.3737

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