Let's Work On Making South Lake Tahoe Fire Safe!

Let's Make South Lake Tahoe Fire Safe!

South Lake Tahoe is in a very high fire severity zone. How can residents help to make their home wildfire resistant?
  • Understanding wildfire risks in South Lake Tahoe 


Watch this video to see how an ember storm can affect your home..

Read the latest Tahoe Wildfire Preparedness Guide

Create Your Defensible Space

0-5 feet around your home should be free of any bushes or pine needles.
5-30 feet around your home should be lean and clean. Trees and shrubs are ok, but they should not be touching each other.
30-100 feet around your home should be landscaping in good condition, with no flammable vegetation.
Trim up tree branches 10 feet away from your structure.

Harden Your Home

Wildfires can ignite features of your home, especially older homes that do not met current building codes. Learn the steps you can take to fireproof (harden) your home against wildfire.

Use Our Free Chipping Service

Are you ready to have your brush and small tree branches chipped up? Click the link below to get on the list!
  • Free curbside chipping services have ended for the season. We will resume services in the spring
Fire resistant home

Use this checklist to begin the process

Read this article from KCRA TV about the 1st designated "Wildfire-Prepared Home" 

Prepare For Your Annual Inspection

Our Defensible Space Inspectors are going through each street to inspect homes for things the homeowner can do to create good defensible space. They will inspect from the street unless you ask them to perform a full inspection on your property. This is a great way to find out what you can do to protect your property against the threat of wildfire.
  • Call 530-307-9222 to get an appointment for an inspector to come walk your property. This is a free service.

Fire Adapted Communities

SLTFR is a proud member of the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities
  • tahoelivingwithfire.com
  • https://www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/resources/tahoe-defensible-space-training-for-landscape-professionals/ 

Did you know California has a new Assembly Bill which requires a defensible space inspection when a house is sold? Learn more here:

List of contractors that can create defensible space

Learn More About Firewise USA

  • Firewise USA® is a nationally recognized program where residents actively participate in assessing wildfire risks, then develop an “action plan” to manage and mitigate the wildfire risks within their community. It’s a program that teaches people how to work together to protect their home and neighborhood from wildfire risks through vegetation management and home hardening.
Photo of Fire Marshal Kim George
Contact our Fire Marshal, Kim George

Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm
530-542-6037 desk
530-318-3796 cell


2101 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150