What can I do before a fire?
The potential for loss of life and property due to wildfire in the Lake Tahoe Basin
is growing. Residents should learn how to live more safely with the threat of
wildfire. There are proven steps that residents and whole communities can take
before a fire to improve the odds of wildfire survival.
Take action to improve your home's survivability:
- REMOVE leaves, pine needles, and other flammable material from the roof, gutters, and under the deck to help prevent embers from igniting your home.
- SCREEN areas below decks and porches with 1/8" wire mesh to help prevent material from accumulating underneath.
- COVER exterior attic and soffit vents with 1/8" wire mesh to help prevent sparks from entering your home.
- ENCLOSE eaves to help prevent ember entry.
- INSPECT shingles or roof tiles. REPLACE missing shingles or tiles. COVER ends of tiles with bird stops or cement to help prevent ember penetration during a wildfire.
Tips for landscaping around your home:
- REMOVE dead vegetation and other flammable materials, especially within the first 5 feet of the home.
- KEEP your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to help reduce fire intensity.
- PRUNE tree limbs so the lowest branches are 6 -10 feet above the ground to help reduce the chance of fire getting into the crowns of the trees.
- MOVE construction material, trash, and woodpiles at least 30 feet away from the home and other outbuildings.
- DISPOSE of branches, weeds, leaves, pine needles, and grass clipping that you have cut to reduce fuel for fire.
Increase your wildfire safety! Make low-cost changes to your home and landscape today!