Lake Tahoe Communities Urged to Become Firewise USA Certified

February 20th, 2024


Tahoe Resource Conservation District


February 6, 2024

Contact: Michelle McLean, Tahoe Resource Conservation District, mmclean@tahoercd, 530.432.1501 x11


Lake Tahoe Communities urged to become Firewise USA Certified

Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada – The Tahoe Resource Conservation District, a member of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team, is encouraging homeowners and residents at Lake Tahoe to participate in the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Community program in 2024. The initiative focuses on creating Fire Adapted Communities through a multifaceted approach that includes physical measures like home hardening and defensible space and prevention, planning, education, and Firewise certification.

The Firewise USA recognition program, administered by the National Fire Protection Association, plays a crucial role in a national effort to ensure communities are well-prepared against the threat of wildfires. The program recognizes communities that demonstrate a commendable commitment to fire prevention and mitigation. In 2024, congratulations are extended to the thirty-two neighborhoods within the Tahoe Basin that have received their Firewise USA recognition.

These communities demonstrate commendable commitment to fire prevention and mitigation.

Agate Bay
Al Tahoe
Alpine Peaks
Black Bart Community
Carnelian Woods Townhouse Association
Chinquapin HOA
Dollar Point Association
Fallen Leaf Lake South Side
Glenbrook Community
Golden Bear (Lower Montgomery Estates)
Granlibakken Property Owners Association
Homewood Homeowners Association
Kingswood Village POA
Lake Village HOA

Meadow Lakes SLT
Mewuk-Wintoon NUT
Montgomery Estates/ Cold Creek Trail
Mt Tallac Village One
Open Door Association
PineWild HOA
Rubicon Bay HOA
Spring Creek Tract Homeowners Association
Tahoe Beach Club
Tahoe Hills/ Rubicon Palisades
Tahoe Keys
Tahoe Meadows
Tahoe Swiss Village
Tall Trees Wood Vista Neighborhood (TTWV)- Lake Tahoe
The Village at Incline HOA
Upper Montgomery Estates

“Creating a Fire Adapted Community with your neighbors is crucial to effective fire prevention and mitigation and empowers property owners to play a role in changing the narrative around preventing property loss and increasing safety,” said Leona Allen, Fire Adapted Community and Firewise Leader. “The process also allows neighbors to enhance the health of their environment, build stronger community bonds, and potentially receive reduced fire insurance rates.”

The history of the Tahoe Basin with wildfire - and the potential for future fires - makes it imperative that we all work together to make our communities safer, environmentally healthier, and more prepared for catastrophic emergencies. 

“With all the changing dynamics relating to individual fears of fire, fire prevention, home hardening, defensible space, there are so many reasons to embrace this concept,“ said Fire Marshal Kim George, South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue, “We can no longer be spectators with wildfire prevention; we are all responsible to be participants in being fire proactive to keep our community safe.”

Individuals interested in becoming Neighborhood Leaders or learning more about the program can contact the Outreach Coordinator at Tahoe RCD via email at or

by phone at (530) 543-1501 ext. 114.


Firewise Leaders at the Fire Festival, South Lake Tahoe with Tahoe RCD, 2023

Firewise Workday Sign in place on the West Shore, 2023

Firewise Leaders Meeting, South Lake Tahoe, January 2024

About the Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team

The Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team (TFFT) consists of representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies, CAL FIRE, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, University of California and Nevada Cooperative Extensions, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the USDA Forest Service, conservation districts from both states, the California Tahoe Conservancy, and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Our Mission is to protect lives, property, and the environment within the Lake Tahoe Basin from wildfire by implementing prioritized fuels reduction projects and engaging the public in becoming a Fire Adapted Community.

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