After decades of fire suppression, the Tahoe Basin’s overstocked forests are highly vulnerable to insect, disease and catastrophic wildfire. They lack the diversity in age structure and species distribution to support a healthy forest ecosystem. Forest management projects are essential to the safety of Tahoe’s communities and the health of its forests.
The threat of a catastrophic wildfire at Lake Tahoe is a top concern for TRPA and the entire community. The documents here reflect the lead planning role TRPA has taken to assist local fire protection agencies and forest managers on forest fuel reduction efforts and Community Wildfire Protection Plans.
It’s important for property owners to take “defensible space” measures to protect their homes in the unfortunate event of a wildfire. Go to the Homeowner Info page for more information on Living with Fire in the Tahoe Basin.
Forest Fuel Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration Plan for the Lake Tahoe Basin
Community Wildfire Protection Plans
In 2004, the TRPA Governing Board established forest fuels management as the Agency’s number one priority. TRPA changed rules to facilitate fuels projects in stream zones dangerously overloaded with brush and dead timber. The agency has signed agreements with all fire districts to encourage defensible space and provide one-stop-shopping to get tree removal permits and protect homes and businesses from wildfire. Similar agreements are in the works with California fire districts. Using grant funds, the Agency lead the collaborative effort to help the seven fire protection districts around the lake develop fire risk assessments, called Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPS). These assessments identify high fire risk areas, prioritize forest fuels projects, and estimate costs of reducing fuels in the wildland-urban interface. The completion of the individual fire district assessments is a critical step in securing the funding necessary to implement these important fuels management projects.
Fire District/Department Contacts
City of South Lake Tahoe Fire Department
Lake Valley Fire Protection District
Fallen Leaf Lake Fire District
Meeks Bay Fire Protection District
(530) 525-7548 ext.15
North Tahoe Fire Protection District
North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District
(775) 831-0351, ext 0
Sierra Fire Protection District
Carson City Fire Department
Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District
(775) 588-3591 ext. 227