Defensible Space in Tahoe

By Brian McGeever in Blog.

It’s that time of year where what snow we did get has melted and your spring flowers are starting to come out of the ground.  This year in particular it is very important for everyone to re-evaluate defensible space around their home, we are going to have a very dry summer.  Below I have provided some thoughts as well as links for more information.

• CLEAR leaves and other vegetative debris from roofs, gutters, porches and decks. This helps prevent embers from igniting your home.

• REMOVE all combustible materials from under your deck or porch, and within 5 feet of the house. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.

• SCREEN in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.

• REMOVE flammable materials (wood piles, propane tanks, dead plants, and pine needles) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds.

• PRUNE trees so the lowest branches are 10 feet from the ground. Remember, wildfire can spread to tree tops.

• KEEP your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.

• DISPOSE of debris and lawn cuttings quickly to reduce fuel for fire.

• INSPECT shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair the shingles that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.

• COVER exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home.

• ENCLOSE eaves and screen soffit vents using 1/8 mesh metal screening to prevent ember entry.

Take advantage of our free chipping and defensible space evaluation services starting May 1 by visiting

Also take advantage of Waste Management’s Curbside yard Waste Recycling Program, offered from May 4 through July 24. For information please visit call 775-831-2971.

The more actions a community takes, the more fire adapted it becomes. To learn more about what you can do around your home visit

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