Tahoe Wildfire Preparedness Guide

Firefighters battle the 2021 Dixie Fire, which consumed 963,309 acres. | Courtesy CalFire

Tahoe Wildfire Preparedness Guide
Tahoe Guide is proud to be able present the 4th annual Tahoe Wildfire Preparedness Guide as a standalone publication for the first time in 2024. This guide provides resources for residents, vacation homeowners and visitors to be prepared in the 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.

Creating the Wildfire Guide
I created the Wildfire Preparedness Guide in 2021 following the outbreaks off 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.

Tahoe Guide has been the go-to source of information on what to do in Tahoe for more than 42 years, and our magazine reaches the most visitors and vacation homeowners in the Tahoe Sierra, giving us the unique ability to provide critical information to our visitors.

I credit Erin Holland from North Tahoe Fire, Tia Rancourt from North Lake Tahoe Fire and Amanda Milici formerly with the Tahoe Resource Conservation District for inspiring me to create the guide. During the summer of 2021 when fires were raging across the West and the danger was high, they were persistent in the need for more public education, which Tahoe Guide provided throughout that summer to our readers culminating in a wildfire series that started on Aug. 25, 2021, days before the Caldor Fire forced the evacuation of South Lake Tahoe.

Funding for the Guide
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 3 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. Learn more about the TBID at northtahoecommunityalliance.com.

The advertisers and financial sponsors in this guide have provided us with additional funding so that we can make copies available in Truckee, Glenshire and on Donner Summit. As well, every fire district in the Tahoe and Truckee area will also receive copies of the guide. And all our print subscribers will also receive a copy of the Wildfire Guide mailed directly to them, thanks for our advertisers and financial sponsors.

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 is invited to share the guide on your websites, social media channels and newsletters. If you want hard copies, email me at publisher@yourtahoeguide.com.

Input from the experts
I want to extend my gratitude to the Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team, consisting of more than 60 local, state and federal agencies, along with nonprofits, utility companies and other officials who provided input and support for this guide. In particular, I want to thank Erin Holland, Tia Rancourt, Lisa Herron of USDA Forest Service, Michelle McLean of Tahoe Resource Conservation District, Jamie Roice of UNR and Leona Allen from Lake Valley Fire who provided detailed recommendations for this year’s guide. I appreciate everyone’s time on this project.

I am excited to be able to provide our community with this free education resource, and I am proud of the public-private partnerships that have made this guide a reality.