Wildfire Prevention Program

Lake Valley Fire Protection District’s Wildfire Prevention Program

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District’s Wildfire Prevention Program goal is to protect life, property and the environment from the effect of a catastrophic wildfire. The District works closely with experts in fire management including the Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Tahoe Conservancy (CTC), and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA). Without fire in the ecosystem, the forest in Lake Tahoe Basin has experienced a high amount of dead or dying trees as a result of overstocking, drought, insects and diseases. Native forest conditions may be described in terms of composition, structure, and function. Resource management personnel take an active role in the restoration process to create a forest remnant of pre-fire management in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Mechanical treatment, hand thinning, and prescribed fire serve to manipulate the vegetation arrangement reducing catastrophic fire potential. The District is an active participant in seeking funding and actively managing projects needed for restoration in our community.

The District endeavors to prepare our residents for wildfire by partnering with the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team and the Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD). The Tahoe RCD manages the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities. Tahoe RCD collaborates with local fire districts, public land management agencies, and neighborhoods to manage the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities (Tahoe Network).

The Tahoe Network helps prepare people and property for wildfire by coordinating efforts on a neighborhood scale. To live better with fire, we need to adapt to fire. That’s where the concept of fire adapted communities comes into play. Local people learning and working together is the foundation of fire adaptation. Learning and working together builds community capacity and resilience. The Tahoe Network connects residents to fire protection districts and public land management agencies to create defensible space and ember awareness, educates residents through the Tahoe Living With Fire website, publications, and workshops, and empowers neighborhoods to work together with neighborhood leaders to prepare for wildfire.

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District is proud of its partnerships and works tirelessly to provide the following services:

If you have any questions regarding our services, please contact us by email at info@lakefalleyfire.org or call (530) 577-2447 (CHIP).