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Rebates up to $1,000 offered for wildfire safety measures

Help is available for Tahoe Basin residents to make their homes and families safer in the event of wildfire. Free home inspections, tree removal permits and 50-percent rebates – up to $1,000 – for vegetation management such as tree removal are available in most Lake Tahoe communities.

A partnership of Tahoe Basin agencies called the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team is encouraging property owners to take action now to establish defensible space around their home.

Residents are reminded of their responsibility to take fire safety precautions, for the safety of their families, neighborhood and local fire fighters. Many of the steps needed to create defensible space can be completed by the homeowner, including:

– Removing dead vegetation, including dead shrubs, dried grass, fallen branches, pine needles, pine cones, etc.

– Thinning brush and trees to create a separation. Most local fire protection agencies can provide free inspections and tree removal permits. Call (530) 543-3473 to learn more.

– Removing “ladder fuels” by pruning lower tree branches and brush underneath trees that allow wildfire to climb and spread.

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Last year, more than 750 homeowners completed the Nevada Fire Safe Council’s (NVFSC) defensible space program and received a rebate.Additionally, forest fuel reduction was completed on approximately 1,400 acres in and around Lake Tahoe communities by local fire crews. With fuel reduction and defensible space efforts, local fire fighters can safely do their jobs more effectively in the event of wildfire, saving lives and property.

Fire safety measures are on track to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire at Lake Tahoe. Significant progress made in hazardous fuels reduction has set the stage for more residents and second homeowners to accept personal responsibility and take action at home.

The Five-Step Defensible Space Rebate Process:

– Contact your local fire protection agency to schedule a defensible space inspection

– Call the NVFSC to receive a free inspection voucher: (530) 543-3473 or apply online

– Get any work done on your property recommended by your local fire agency as soon as possible

– Contact the NVFSC to schedule a property evaluation

– When the property passes the final evaluation, the NVFSC will mail a rebate check within 21 days of the completed evaluation

For more information, call 1-877-LT-NVFSC or (530) 543-3473 or visit http://www.nvfsc.org.

For information about defensible space including free and discounted resources and how to contact your local fire protection agency, visit http://www.tahoefiresafe.com.

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