4th Annual Tahoe Wildfire Preparedness Guide released

Tahoe Guide released the 4th annual Tahoe Wildfire Preparedness Guide in mid-May as a standalone publication for the first time. This guide provides resources for residents, vacation homeowners and visitors to be prepared in case of a wildfire.

The guide is a resource to be informed about local conditions; to create defensible space and take steps to safeguard homes and businesses against the threats of wildfires; to prepare your home, your family and your business in case of an evacuation; and tips on what to do if evacuation warnings and/or orders are issued and you need to leave.

I created the Wildfire Preparedness Guide in 2021 following the outbreaks of the Tamarack, Dixie and Caldor fires in our region. Seeing a lack of public outreach and education on a broad scale to educate locals, visitors and vacation homeowners about wildfire safety preparedness, I decided to commit Tahoe Guide resources to create a public education series, which debuted days before the Caldor Fire forced the evacuation of South Lake Tahoe.

In 2022 and 2023, I published the guide in one edition of Tahoe Guide, but I wanted to be able to provide more outreach to the public and I was able to achieve that with a grant from the North Lake Tahoe Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID). Our grant is to produce the guide for the next three years as a standalone publication to educate the public, which will be distributed for free throughout the North Lake Tahoe community, including the West Shore, Olympic Valley and Northstar.

The 2024 Wildfire Guide was funded by the TOT-TBID Dollars at Work program, which reinvests funds generated in North Lake Tahoe to support community vitality, environmental stewardship and economic health. Learn more at northtahoecommunityalliance.com.

The advertisers and financial sponsors in the guide have provided us with additional funding so that we can make copies available in Truckee, and to every fire district and visitor center in the region. And all our print subscribers received a copy of the Wildfire Guide mailed directly to them.

Read Tahoe Guide’s 4th Annual Wildfire Preparedness Guide

How to use the guide
The Tahoe Wildfire Preparedness Guide is available in print and digital formats at YourTahoeGuide.com/fire. You can download it, fill out the checklists and post the resources section on your refrigerator. Save a copy of the resources and the Family Communication Plan in your Go Bag. Scan or take a photo of the resources and the Family Communication Plan to save on your phone, as well. Direct URL links to every resource included in the guide are available at YourTahoeGuide.com/fire.

To make all our content accessible, Tahoe Guide uses the AccessiBe widget at YourTahoeGuide.com.

Visit our website, then click on the figure in the blue bubble at the bottom of any page to select the accessibility setting you need. You may personalize the settings or select from a list of preset options including:

Seize Safe
Vision Impaired
ADHD Friendly
Cognitive Disability
Keyboard Navigation
Blind Users (for use with screen readers)


Our content is also available in other languages. Click on the figure in the blue bubble to open the AccessiBe plugin. On the top right of the new screen, click on the English default language to access the drop down menu. There are options to choose between 20 languages.

I invite you to share this guide, download the free digital version at YourTahoeGuide.com/fire and share on social media. Businesses, government entities, nonprofits and everyone else are invited to share the guide on their websites, social media channels and newsletters. If you want hard copies, email me at publisher@yourtahoeguide.com.


A new system to sign up for emergency alerts was released in spring 2024 – TahoeAlerts.com.

Anyone who lives, works or recreations in the Tahoe Basin and surrounding communities can use the system, which includes Placer, Nevada, Washoe, El Dorado, Douglas and Alpine counties, along with the Town of Truckee, City of South Lake Tahoe and Carson City.

Sign Up

  • Visit TahoeAlerts.com.
  • Click the search box & type in an address.
  • Click “Use current location.”
  • ​Click within the map.
  • ​Follow links to sign up for alerts.