Message from the Fire Chief
As the season quickly changes from winter to summer, flowers are beginning to bloom, the snow is melting, and we are seeing that annual layer of pine needles that will need to be raked and removed.
Our Defensible Space & Chipping services will begin May 10, 2021. Requests can be made online. Please be sure you are taking every precaution to protect your home from wildfire by getting a defensible space evaluation. The fire district can issue free tree removal permits for fire hazard trees, but their removal must accompany complete defensible space treatments. Also take advantage of the Residential Curbside Yard Waste Recycling Collection through Waste Management (WM), May 3 – July 25 and October 4 – October 30, 2021. For more information call WM 775-831-2971.
For homeowners that have a vacant USFS lot next adjacent to your home, you can adopt a lot/ask about lot stewardship by calling 530-543-2759.
Now is the perfect time to complete defensible space clean-up around homes, review your emergency preparedness and evacuation plans, sign up for emergency alerts, and talk to neighbors about the importance of wildfire preparedness. Permanent residents, second homeowners, and vacation homeowners/renters should familiarize themselves with and follow advice found at Tahoe Living With Fire on how to prepare their homes and neighborhoods from the threat of wildfire. Please visit the Washoe County website for information on Short Term Rentals (STR) and information on Fire District inspections for STR’s can be found here.
Another step toward wildfire preparedness is to sign-up for the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities (TNFAC) newsletter. TNFAC provides community members with education and facilitates collaboration between communities and stakeholders, helping communities organize events and neighborhood vegetation removal projects.
For more information on the 2021 Wildland Fire Outlook visit, www.nifc.gov.
Open public burning closed May 6, 2021. The Fire District will no longer issue burn permits for solid fuels (e.g., pine needles, slash piles, wood burning recreational fires). Fuel-fired recreational fire pits (e.g., natural gas or propane) are allowed by permit only. To obtain a permit for a fuel-fired appliance, please contact the Fire District, 775 831-0351, ext. 8107. Fuel-fired appliances shall be operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. This prohibition on open public burning will remain in effect until further notice. Please contact the Fire District’s Fire Marshal, Jennifer Donohue with any questions at 775-831-0351, ext. 8127.
Natural gas, propane, and charcoal barbequing are acceptable as long as used within the manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations. For more information visit our Outdoor Burning page.
COVID-19 Vaccine Update:
We are offering ongoing Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments at Station 12, 14 Cal Neva Drive, Crystal Bay, NV 89402.
If you are over 18 years of age you may register here for your first and/or second dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. We will not be auto scheduling second doses and so if this is your first dose you will need to additionally register for your second dose (24-42 days after your initial dose) either with us or with another organization (pharmacy, doctor's office, Health Department, etc.).
If this is your second dose, please bring your vaccination card with you.
When you register, please specify where indicated if this is your first or second dose so that we may properly prepare your vaccination card.
Thank you for your patience and participation in this important public health issue.
Please protect yourself and others – practice good hygiene, wear your mask, practice social distancing, and get tested if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
If you have other questions regarding the COVID vaccine, please call us at (775) 771-4244.
Short Term Rental Update:
In accordance with Washoe County guidelines, the NLTFPD will conduct a defensible space inspection for all short-term rental applications in Incline Village/Crystal Bay that do not have a current compliant inspection. Occupancies with fire protection systems (e.g., fire sprinklers or monitored fire alarm systems) will receive a fire and life safety inspection to ensure the system(s) have been inspected and serviced annually. Systems shall be serviced by a fire protection contractor that is licensed in the State of Nevada and certified by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The owner or owner’s representative shall be on-site for inspections conducted by NLTFPD.
Emergency Contact Phone Numbers/Websites:
- NV 511 Traveler Information System 511 or www.safetravelusa.com
- CAL TRANS 1-800/427-7623 or https://dot.ca.gov/travel
- Incline Village General Improvement District (IVGID) Utilities/Public Works 775/832-1203
- Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) 775/832-4110
- North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District (NLTFPD) 775/831-0351
- Southwest Gas 1-877/860-6020 (to report suspicious gas leak call 911 FIRST)
- NV Energy 775/834-4100 www.nvenergy.com (to report an outage or emergency service issue)
- Liberty Utilities 1-800/782-2506 www.californialibertyutilities.com (to report an outage or emergency service issue)
IN AN EMERGENCY, CALL 911
We hope this safety information helps you and your family stay safe and be prepared.
Ryan E. Sommers