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Lake Tahoe gets its own week dedicated to wildfire awareness

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Nevada’s Wildfire Awareness Week started on May 1, California’s on May 3.

And now the Lake Tahoe Basin has its own week dedicated to decreasing the risk of wildfire. Lake Tahoe’s Wildfire Awareness week will begin Saturday and continue through July 11.

Participation in the statewide springtime events “has been low in the Tahoe Basin, due in part to the fact that many second home owners are only present later in the summer,” said Susie Kocher, a Natural Resources Advisor for the El Dorado County University of California Cooperative Extension in a statement.

Because of the low participation rates, fire professionals, the Nevada Fire Safe Council, University of Nevada and University of California Cooperative Extensions and other interested organizations decided to create the week long event to promote wildfire and ember awareness, Kocher said.

“The event is being held to encourage all Lake Tahoe Basin residents to ‘Be Ember Prepared’ and help protect their homes and communities from the embers that cause destruction of many homes during wildfires,” Kocher said.

Activities are planned throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin during the week to remind residents and visitors about the risks of living in a fire prone area and the importance of taking measures to reduce wildfire’s threat and increase the protection of homes and communities, Kocher said.

Events will include fire station open houses, fuels treatment project tours, fire wise landscaping classes, fire safe chapter barbecues, and presentations to homeowner association meetings.

The capstone event will be a wildfire summit for residents on July 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Harvey’s Casino, Kocher said.

Information on all of the events, as well as resources for homeowners to prepare for a wildfire, are available at http://www.livingwithfire.info/tahoe.


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