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Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Week

The third annual Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Week was held May 26th to June 3rd, 2012. The theme was “Wildfire Survival: Your Home, Your Responsibility”. The focus of the week was to promote homeowner and resident actions that reduce the risk from wildfire to homes and communities. These include upgrading vulnerable home components and conducting defensible space activities.

Fire agencies, fire safe chapters and local organizations collaborated to hold community clean up days including offering free chipping and pine needle pick-ups and hosting neighborhood meetings and educational activities including a webinar series on reducing wildfire risk so those living remotely can participate in the week’s events. 

The goal of the Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Week was to encourage individual action to reduce the threat of wildfire to homes and communities. Activities will provide information and resources to upgrade homes and create defensible space around them. Fire resistant homes have fire-rated roofs, covered vents to reduce the risk of ember intrusion, fire resistant construction materials and are in good repair. Creating defensible space involves selecting and maintaining vegetation near the home, thereby reducing the risk homes will be ignited and destroyed during a wildfire.

For details about the week, see the 2012 Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Week Poster.

Wildfire Awareness Week media

Jack Durst featured Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Week during his Fabulous Lake Tahoe video blog for June 2012 concert. As Jack says "only you can prevent a forest fire from taking your house!"

Lisa Herron from the USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Eric Guevin from Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District talk about wildfire prevention and all the things to do to plan ahead for wildfire season now during Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Week on Tahoe TV June 1st, 2012.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit's Lisa Herron appeared on Tahoe TV talking about wildfire evacuation during Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Week on Thursday May 31st, 2012.

The North Lake Tahoe Bonanza ran an article on TRPA honoring the Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Chiefs during Wildfire Awareness Week on May 30th, 2012.

Tia Rancourt from North Tahoe FPD and Martin Goldberg from Lake Valley FPD on Tahoe TV talking about the importance of doing your defensible space for Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Week on May 30th, 2012.

Eric Guevin from Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District and Lisa Herron from the US Forest Service talking about Wildfire Awareness Week on Tahoe TV May 25th, 2012.

Eric Guevin from Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District and Susie Kocher from UC Cooperative Extension talking about Wildfire Awareness Week on KTHO's Tahoe Perspective on May 22nd, 2012.

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The Tahoe Bonanza ran the article Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Week begins this weekend about the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency encouraging local residents and homeowners to participate in Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Week on May 21st, 2012.

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