LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. – In March, the Tahoe Fire and Fuels team received a 2022 National Wildfire Mitigation Award for innovation and leadership in wildfire mitigation. The award recognizes outstanding service at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels of government and at the community level. This is the highest national honor an organization can receive for outstanding work and significant impact on the wildfire preparedness and mitigation program.
The National Association of State Foresters, National Fire Protection Association, USDA Forest Service, and International Association of Fire Chiefs established the award in 2014 to recognize effective fire protection projects and programs. mitigating wildfires across the United States.
“We are honored that the committee selected our team for this award,” said Scott Lindgren, fire chief for the Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District. “It reflects the important work our community members, land managers and fire departments are doing every day to prepare for the next wildfire.”
The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team is Lake Tahoe’s partnership of 21 federal, tribal, state, and local organizations dedicated to managing Tahoe’s forests and preparing communities for wildfires. The team focuses on multiple aspects of fire prevention, landscape resiliency, and community preparedness for wildfires, including home strengthening, defensible space, fuel reduction, directed fire, data hub management, unified public information and community outreach.
Since 2008, the team’s partner agencies have treated 65,000 acres in Tahoe’s wild-urban interface across all land holdings. The team also works directly with residents on wildfire preparedness. Over the past five years, team members have performed more than 25,000 defensible space inspections, responded to more than 6,000 curbside shredding requests, and reached thousands of people through more than 200 events. and community workshops.
For information and resources on how to prepare for a wildfire and to locate your local fire district, visit www.tahoelivingwithfire.com.
About the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team – The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) is comprised of representatives from Tahoe Basin Fire Agencies, CAL FIRE, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, Cooperative Extensions of the University of California and Nevada, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, USDA Forest Service, Bi-State Conservation Districts, California Tahoe Conservancy and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Our mission is to protect lives, property, and the environment in the Lake Tahoe Basin from wildfires by implementing priority fuel reduction projects and engaging the public in becoming a fire-friendly community.