Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Campaign 2024: Get Defensive!

May 1st, 2024


Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team

For Immediate Release


May 1, 2024

Contact: Jamie Roice-Gomes, University of Nevada, Reno Extension’s Living With Fire Program, 775-336-0261 or



Get Defensive!


LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. – This May marks the start of Wildfire Awareness Month, the Tahoe Fire and Fuels  Team announced today. The collaboration is leveling up the region’s wildfire preparedness efforts by kicking  off the Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Campaign. The campaign includes many events and will run from May  through October, highlighting the message: “Get Defensive – Create Defensible Space.” 

“This year’s theme is a fun way to say that the best offense is a strong defense and to be proactive when it  comes to maintaining a home that has proper defensible space,” says Tia Rancourt, public information officer  for the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District.  

Ways that homeowners can do their part to “Get Defensive” include: registering for a defensible space  inspection and chipping services through your local fire agency, hardening your home to reduce the risk of  ember ignition, becoming a Fire Adapted Community Leader and connect with your neighbors to encourage  community projects and working with your local fire agency. To learn more, visit 

Another way to increase wildfire preparedness efforts is to register for emergency alerts. Emergency  notification systems are used by county emergency managers to send a prepared message via text, email, or  telephone to people in the affected area. Most systems will allow users to enter multiple forms of contact  information, such as home phone number, cell phone, work phone and email address. To register, visit the link  for your county: 

• Placer County: 

• El Dorado County: 

• Douglas County: 

• Washoe County: 

The Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Campaign includes many events occurring around the Tahoe Basin: 

• May 16, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: What’s Happening on the North Shore – EIP Webinar. Learn about watersheds, forest health, transportation & sustainable recreation, and science and stewardship. Register at:

• May 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Wildfire Safety Expo at South Tahoe Middle School. Attend this free, family friendly event to visit with agencies and to learn how to prepare for wildfire. 

• June 1, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Community Wildfire Preparedness Workshop at North Tahoe Event  Center. Learn about home hardening, defensible space, prescribed fire, Firewise® and more! Snacks  available, and registration is recommended but not required:  

For information and resources to help prepare for wildfire, or to locate your local fire district, visit and follow @tahoelwf on Facebook, Instagram, and X. 





About the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team 

The Tahoe Fire and 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.

 For more information, visit