Be Ember Prepared

September 11th, 2019


Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team

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For Immediate Release, September 11, 2019

 Contact: Jamie Roice-Gomes, Living With Fire Program Manager, 775-336-0261, Carlie Murphy, Tahoe RCD 530-543-1501 ext. 114

 Be Ember Prepared

What homeowners can do to reduce the wildfire threat

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. / Nev. – Devastating wildfires occur year-round and as the air becomes chilly and the leaves begin to fall, residents are urged to prepare even during the Fall season. One of the ways residents can reduce the wildfire threat is by preparing for embers.

Embers, or pieces of burning material, can travel a mile or more ahead of a wildfire. During a wildfire, thousands of embers can rain down on your roof and pelt the side of your home like a hail storm. If these embers come in contact with flammable material on, in or near your house, it can ignite. In 2008, an Australian researcher estimated that 90% of all homes ignited in wildfires were due to embers.

Being prepared for embers involves creating defensible space and ensuring the home has proper building materials. The following is a list of ways residents can prepare:

Recommended building materials:

Be ember prepared by utilizing the following defensible space recommendations:

For more information on preparing your home and property to survive wildfire and to join the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities, visit


Embers igniting a wood-shake roof

Photo Cutline: Embers ignite a wood-shake roof. Photograph courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

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.

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