Time to Record 2021 Firewise Activity

  In order to maintain our Firewise Community Certification, every year we must document hours and/or expenses spent doing the items on this checklist. Remember this includes time spent participating in information programs, community meetings, and advocacy efforts. But the real push has to be the work done on each individual property, which is something only you residents can do and claim. So please keep a record and, either along the way or at the end of the 2021 season, input these hours and/or expenses using the following link: Firewise Time and Expense Survey

Firewise Landscaping Workshop for Homeowners

  Firewise Landscaping Workshop for Homeowners   Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team For Immediate Release Learn about recommended plants to reduce the wildfire threat. Contact: Jamie Roice-Gomes, University of Nevada, Reno Extension, Jamier LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. – Residents are invited to join a free virtual workshop to learn about landscaping to reduce the wildfire threat.   Hosted by the Living With Fire and Tahoe Living With Fire programs, with support from University of Nevada Reno, Extension, the workshop will feature presenter, Wendy Hanson Mazet, a certified arborist and Extension plant diagnostician. She will provide tips on which plants are recommended around the home to reduce the threat of wildfire.   Date: April 7 th   6:00 -7:30 PST   Pre-Register: “Spring is a great time to create and maintain defensible space around your home,” said Jamie Roice-Gomes, Living With Fire Program manager. “Defensible space is

Firewise Council Commissions Community Wildfire Protection Plan

  The Olympic Valley Firewise Council was created with 3 goals in mind; to 1- raise awareness on how to minimize wildfire spread around our homes 2- apply for large grants for forest fuels reduction 3- fund chipping and green waste disposal days In our first year, we have had success in goal #1 with over 140 residents recording more than 1300 hours of mitigation work, investing over $450,000 in fire prevention. We are now ready to focus on our goal #2 – Forest Fuels Reduction. And we need your help! Fuel reduction grants (from agencies like Cal Fire) are very competitive, and many of our neighboring fire districts also apply. To be successful, grant applications require a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). A Community Wildfire Protection Plan identifies and prioritizes area for hazardous fuel reduction treatments and recommends the types and methods of treatment that will mitigate the risk of wildfire.  A CWPP will address issues such as wildfire response, haz