Become a Neighborhood Leader!

We seek to find motivated community members to take on the task of leading their neighborhood in creating a safe and more resilient community against the threat of wildfire.

We rely on neighborhood leaders to be aware, proactive and engaged; educating and informing neighbors on ember awareness, defensible space, home-hardening and overall information coming out of the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities program. There are currently 53 engaged neighborhood leaders across the basin, their involvement has ranged from distributing educational information, creating neighborhood work days to getting their community certified as FireWise USA site.

Supported by program staff and fire district personnel, all levels of neighborhood leader involvement are welcome. Leaders are the cornerstone of the Tahoe Network.

Learn more about becoming a neighborhood leader through our Neighborhood Leader Library. 

To download an interactive handbook that contains guidance and training in becoming a neighborhood leader please click here.


   Want to make your community Firewise USA® site certified?

A FireWise USA Community is a nationally recognized certification of a community that has taken appropriate measures to become more resistant to wildfire. Any  community that meets a set of voluntary criteria on an annual basis and retains an “In Good Standing Status” may identify itself as being a Firewise® Site. The Firewise USA® program is administered by NFPA® and is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

To learn how to become a Firewise USA site please contact your state’s FireWise USA liaison or visit their website.

There are currently six Firewise USA communities in the Tahoe Basin, these include:

  • Montgomery Estates / Cold Creek Trail is located in South Lake Tahoe, CA. 
  • Lower Montgomery Estates is located in South Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Al Tahoe Community is located in South Lake Tahoe, CA.
  • Chamberlands is located in Tahoma, CA.
  • Dollar Point Association is located in Dollar Point, CA. 
  • Carnelian Woods Townhouse Association is located in Carnelian Bay, CA. 
  • Agate Bay is located in Carnelian Bay, CA.

Use the map below to find neighborhoods preparing for wildfire with an active neighborhood leader and learn about public land management in your neighborhood.