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Fuels Management Division

Tahoe Douglas FPD residents can schedule any of the fuels managment services we provide using this site.  Feel free to call us at (775) 588-3591 for personal assistance.   

Fire and Fuels Season 2015

The drought of 2015 will dominate the headlines this summer.  Tahoe Douglas FPD and the Zephyr Fire Crew are finishing final preparations for what is likely going to be a busy fire season.  And while the fuels are drying and trees are dying, we see people getting their Spring defensible space work done.  Our communities get it - Don't Get Decked By Wildfire - give us a call now.   

So how bad is it really?  In the Lake Tahoe Basin, dry fuel is bad fuel.  We really follow a forest fuel model, and "early dry" makes for a really long fire season.  Long fire seasons increase the odds that a wildland fire start; an errant campfire, a tossed cigarette, will collide with high winds and low humidities (Red Flag weather) and excessive forest fuels resulting in a wildfire disaster.  We cannot change the weather or steep slopes in our area, but we can influence the fuels around homes and communities.  And that is enough!

Click <here> for a photo series showing homes that survived the Angora Fire standing next to the burned out foundations of neighboring homes.  Note the common theme in the survival series is that thesurviving homes all had some lawn, landscaping and absolutely all had non-combustible zones extending five feet around the homes. 

Tahoe Douglas FPD's Fuels Managment Division

Scott Baker, Fire Chief
Keegan Schafer, Crew Supervisor and Operations Lead
John Pickett, Forester and Finance Lead
Carrie Nolting, Accounting Technician
Matt Fogarty, Crew Foreman
The Zephyr Fire Crew, a 30 person Type 2 Initial Attack rated fire crew

If you need any assistance with clearing your defensible space, or if you would like us to speak with your community about fire prevention, please give us a call at (775) 588-3591.  

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