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Defensible space chipping services begin May 16

The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District is gearing up for defensible space evaluations, tree marking and chipping services for the 2012 season.

Defensible space evaluations and chipping services will begin Wednesday, May 16. The Fire District will notify those who have requested chipping services prior to visiting their homes.

It is mandatory that the checklist items on the defensible space checklist are completed prior to obtaining a tree removal permit.

To request a defensible space evaluation or chipping service, call 775-831-0351, ext. 8118 and leave a name, phone number, address and service requested. Also sign up at; go to “wildfire risk reduction,” then “defensible space.”

Sierra Front Wildland Fire Cooperators will host a regional wildland fire unified command sand table exercise at East Fork Fire Station 12, located at 3620 North Sunridge Drive in Carson City on Wednesday, May 16.

The event is designed to exercise inter-agency involvement during a large-scale disaster using the federally mandated National Incident Management System (NIMS). The event will put senior-ranking fire and law enforcement personnel in a position to manage a simulated large-scale wildland fire.

The exercise is designed to provide overall incident management skills to key staff operating within the Incident Command System.

Numerous public safety agencies will participate in the event from all over the Sierra Front Cooperators, including personnel from East Fork Fire and Paramedic District, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Tahoe Douglas Fire District, Carson City Fire Department, US Forest Service, US Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Division of Forestry, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Sierra Fire Protection District, Reno Fire Department, Sparks Fire Department, numerous public utility companies as well as county officials and agencies.

The planned scenario will simulate a lightning-strike brush fire that starts along the Sierra Front and challenges local responders to manage the incident. Throughout the evolution of the exercise, there may be other “weather events,” further expanding the complexity of the incident.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated May 9, 2012 07:57PM Published May 9, 2012 07:54PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.