Noticias

Red Flag Warning in Effect 9/27/21 - 5AM on 9/28/2021

The National Weather Service (NOAA) has issued a Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather conditions until 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, for the greater Lake Tahoe/Truckee area. The region is in a critical fire weather period; fire personnel are prepared and responding accordingly. The Fire Chief of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, in accordance with the California Fire Code with amendments adopted by the Boards of Directors of the North Tahoe Fire, Meeks Bay Fire and Alpine Springs CWD, has issued a Declaration prohibiting all sources of outdoor open flame (including gas/propane/pellet bbqs) within these Districts during the time the Red Flag Warning is in effect (CF Code 307.1.1).

Red Flag Warning in Effect 9/9/2021 - 11PM 9/10/2021

September 10, 2021

The National Weather Service (NOAA) has issued a Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather conditions from 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2021, until 11:00 p.m. Friday, September 10, 2021 for the greater Lake Tahoe/Truckee area. The Fire Chief of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, in accordance with the California Fire Code with amendments adopted by the Boards of Directors of the North Tahoe Fire, Meeks Bay Fire and Alpine Springs CWD, has issued a Declaration prohibiting all sources of outdoor open flame (including gas/propane/pellet bbqs) within these Districts during the time the Red Flag Warning is in effect (CF Code 307.1.1).

PRESERVING WATER FOR THE FIRE FIGHT

September 1, 2021

LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. – Water purveyors around Lake Tahoe are reporting an alarming trend; residents leaving irrigation, garden hoses, and sprinklers on roofs actively running as they follow evacuation orders. Not only is this not helpful in protecting homes from wildfire, but it can be detrimental for firefighters who rely on a water supply with adequate water flow to fight fire in extremely dangerous conditions.

Red Flag Warning in Effect 8/30/2021 - 9/1/2021

August 31, 2021

The National Weather Service (NOAA) has issued a Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather conditions from 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 30, 2021, and has expanded the expiration until 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 1, 2021 for the greater Lake Tahoe/Truckee area. The Fire Chief of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, in accordance with the California Fire Code with amendments adopted by the Boards of Directors of the North Tahoe Fire, Meeks Bay Fire and Alpine Springs CWD, has issued a Declaration prohibiting all sources of outdoor open flame within these Districts during the time the Red Flag Warning is in effect (CF Code 307.1.1).

Red Flag Warning in Effect August 17, 2021 11AM - 11PM

August 17, 2021

The National Weather Service (NOAA) has issued a Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather conditions from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 for the greater Lake Tahoe/Truckee area. The Fire Chief of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, in accordance with the California Fire Code with amendments adopted by the Boards of Directors of the North Tahoe Fire, Meeks Bay Fire and Alpine Springs CWD, has issued a Declaration prohibiting all sources of outdoor open flame within these Districts during the time period the Red Flag Warning is in effect (CF Code 307.1.1).

Red Flag Warning Declaration Midnight 8/5/21 to 10PM

August 4, 2021

The National Weather Service (NOAA) has issued a Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather conditions from 12:00 a.m. PDT until 10:00 p.m. Thursday, 8/5/2021, for gusty winds and low humidity for the greater Lake Tahoe/Truckee area. The Fire Chief of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, in accordance with the California Fire Code with amendments adopted by the Boards of Directors of the North Tahoe Fire, Meeks Bay Fire and Alpine Springs CWD, has issued a Declaration prohibiting all sources of outdoor open flame within these Districts during the time period the Red Flag Warning is in effect (CF Code 307.1.1).

Red Flag Warning in Effect August 5th, 2021 (midnight to 10p.m.)

August 5, 2021

The National Weather Service (NOAA) has issued a Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather conditions from August 5, 2021 beginning 12:00 a.m. PDT (midnight) until 10:00 p.m. on August 5, 2021 for the greater Lake Tahoe/Truckee area. The Fire Chief of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, in accordance with the California Fire Code with amendments adopted by the Boards of Directors of the North Tahoe Fire, Meeks Bay Fire and Alpine Springs CWD, has issued a Declaration prohibiting all sources of outdoor open flame within these Districts during the time period the Red Flag Warning is in effect (CF Code 307.1.1).

Red Flag Warning Declaration 11 P.M. on 7/3/21 to 11 A.M. Sunday

July 4, 2021

The National Weather Service (NOAA) has issued a Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather conditions from 11:00 p.m. PDT until 11:00 a.m. Sunday for thunderstorms, dry lightning, and strong outflow winds for the greater Lake Tahoe/Truckee area during this busy holiday weekend. Gusts to 40mph will be possible. The Fire Chief of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, in accordance with the California Fire Code with amendments adopted by the Boards of Directors of the North Tahoe Fire, Meeks Bay Fire and Alpine Springs CWD, has issued a Declaration prohibiting all sources of outdoor open flame within these Districts during the time period the Red Flag Warning is in effect (CF Code 307.1.1).

Summer 2021 Newsletter

July 2, 2021

We wish you a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend. Please check out the news and resources with information to keep you safe and prepared in our Summer 2021 Newsletter!

El Dorado County Building Department and MBFPD Process Changes

June 28, 2021

To improve and streamline the plan review submittal and inspection process for the building community in El Dorado County, the El Dorado County Building Department and the Meeks Bay Fire Protection District (MBFPD) have been working together on a revised MOU. New processes effective July 1, 2021

RED FLAG WARNING DECLARATION – VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER

June 6, 2021

The National Weather Service (NOAA) has issued a Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather conditions from 12:00 p.m. PDT until 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, 2021 and again from 12:00 p.m. PDT until 11:00 p.m. on Monday, June 7, 2021 for the greater Lake Tahoe/Truckee area. The Fire Chief of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, in accordance with the California Fire Code with amendments adopted by the Boards of Directors of the North Tahoe Fire, Meeks Bay Fire and Alpine Springs CWD, has issued a Declaration prohibiting all sources of outdoor open flame within these Districts during the time period the Red Flag Warning is in effect (CF Code 307.1.1).

2021 Fire Season Restrictions

May 27, 2021

Effective May 27, 2021 North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts Prohibit ALL Open Burning and Recreational Fires
Subsequent to the adoption of the 2019 Fire Code, ONLY Natural Gas (NG) or Propane (LPG) outdoor firepits and barbecues, and pellet grills/smokers are allowed year-round except during Red Flag/critical fire weather conditions. All of these appliances must be utilized following manufacturer’s recommendations. All sources of open flames, including Natural Gas (NG) or Propane (LPG) outdoor firepits and barbecues, and pellet grills/smokers are prohibited during Red Flag/critical fire weather conditions. Red Flag Watches, Warnings and Advisories of critical fire weather in the Tahoe Basin are issued by the National Weather Service, Reno. For reports of hazardous camp fires, people should call 9-1-1.

Chief's Corner - Wildfire Awareness

May 7, 2021

Tahoe City, Calif. May 4, 2021 – The month of May has historically been a time to raise awareness about the risk of wildfires, and to help residents prepare for the upcoming fire season. This year, the Basin fire agencies are leveling up the region’s preparedness efforts by introducing the Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Campaign, which will run from May through October with the theme: “Is Your Home Ignition Resistant?”

NTF Appoints New Fire Chief May 2021

May 7, 2021

Tahoe City, Calif. May 6, 2021 – At its April 27, 2021 Board meeting, the Board of Directors announced the appointment of Steve Leighton as Fire Chief for the North Tahoe Fire Protection District.
The Board selected Leighton to replace retiring Chief Mike Schwartz, who served as North Tahoe’s Fire Chief since 2012. During Schwartz’s 9-year tenure with NTF, his priorities were to improve personnel, apparatus, facilities, and finances. He successfully increased staffing from 28 full-time employees to 65, while modernizing the District’s fleet and facilities. He inherited a post-recession budget of $9.6 million that he grew to just over $17 million. The District’s service area grew to include the west shore via contract for service with Meeks Bay Fire Protection District in 2014. Prior to his retirement, Schwartz renewed a 15-year agreement to continue to provide service to Alpine Meadows via contract with the Alpine Springs County Water District.

Final PTEIR Press Release

April 16, 2021

The State supports environmentally sound fuels management activities and is committed to treating 500,000 acres a year by 2025. To support this effort, CAL FIRE prepared the Tahoe Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PTEIR); comprehensively evaluating the effects of fuels management to improve the project approval and delivery process for projects. Working under a PTEIR allows for a more efficient environmental review of projects while still meeting the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. The Tahoe PTEIR addresses a long-term program of forest management and fuel reduction on private, local jurisdiction, federal, and California Tahoe Conservancy lands primarily within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) throughout the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin. CAL FIRE commends the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team, North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Lake Valley Fire Protection District (official), and the California Tahoe Conservancy for their efforts. This project is a true milestone for the Lake Tahoe Basin. More information can be found here: https://www.ntfire.net/tahoe-pteir

North Tahoe Fire selected to participate in second phase of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Community Risk Reduction pilot program

March 18, 2021

The North Tahoe Fire Protection District has been selected by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to participate in the second phase of a pilot program to build a digital community risk assessment (CRA) tool. Aligned to NFPA 1300, Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development, the tool, or “dashboard,” enables community leaders to gain valuable insights and make data-informed decisions around fire prevention and other risk-reduction activities in their communities.

North Tahoe Fire Now Hiring – Seasonal Defensible Space Inspectors

March 12, 2021

North Tahoe Fire is currently recruiting seasonal Defensible Space Inspectors, and encourages anyone with education or experience in Natural Resources, Forest Management, or those interested in a career with the Prevention/Forest Fuels Division to apply.

North Tahoe Firefighter Deployed to Loma Linda-Murrieta to Support COVID19 Surge

January 12, 2021

Firefighters are no stranger to being deployed on 14-day assignments during disasters, and this winter, crews will don a different uniform as they report to hospitals instead of wildfires. Firefighter/Paramedic Stephanie Lockhart was the first to volunteer when North Tahoe Fire received an emergency request for assistance from Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta, where ICU beds are currently at 99% capacity. Lockhart will be on assignment at the hospital working 12-hour shifts, assisting nurses and other hospital staff with patient care for the next two weeks.

Chamberlands Community Earns National Recognition for Wildfire Preparedness

January 6, 2021

Chamberlands, in the Homewood community on Lake Tahoe’s west shore, is the sixth community in North Tahoe to receive the National Fire Protection Association’s recognition as a Firewise USA® community. The Firewise USA® program teaches residents how to adapt to living in a wildfire area, and helps guide residents throughout the nation to reduce their wildfire risks.

Agate Bay Community Earns National Recognition for Wildfire Preparedness

December 22, 2020

Agate Bay is the fifth community in North Tahoe to receive the National Fire Protection Association's recognition as a Firewise USA® community. The Firewise USA® program teaches residents how to adapt to living in a wildfire area, and helps guide residents on the most effective actions to prevent home ignitions and wildfire disasters.

Alpine Peaks Community Earns National Recognition for Wildfire Preparedness

December 3, 2020

The commitment and hard work of homeowners in the Alpine Peaks Community was recognized by receiving the National Fire Protection Association's designation as a Firewise USA® community.

Give the Gift of Safety This Season

November 25, 2020

Give the gift of safety this season by reminding your loved ones to practice situational awareness when it comes to common holiday hazards. Whether you are traveling, hosting or zooming this season, share these tips with your loved ones so you can enjoy a safe holiday season.

Ending of 2020 Fire Restrictions in North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts

November 16, 2020

Today CAL FIRE lifted the burn permit suspension in Placer and El Dorado Counties, and our Fire Chief lifted local restrictions for North Tahoe and Meeks Bay Fire Districts. For those with debris piles from defensible space efforts, information on obtaining a burn permit is included. The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team has begun prescribed fire operations across the Basin, click the link for a map of current fuels reduction projects.

Easing of Fire Restrictions in North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts

November 10, 2020

Thanks to the arrival of moisture and higher humidity, effective today, November 10, 2020 fire agencies in the Tahoe Basin may begin easing local fire restrictions. Local fire restrictions for the North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts have been revised by the Fire Chief to allow the use of firepits and charcoal barbecues. CAL FIRE has not yet lifted the burn permit suspension that is in place in Placer and El Dorado counties, and residential door yard burning is not currently allowed.

Extended: 10/25-10/27/2020 Red Flag Warning Declaration - Very High Fire Danger

October 25, 2020

The National Weather Service (NOAA) has issued a Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather conditions from 5:00 p.m. Sunday until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 for the greater Lake Tahoe area. The Fire Chief of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, in accordance with the California Fire Code with amendments adopted by the Boards of Directors of the North Tahoe Fire, Meeks Bay Fire and Alpine Springs CWD, has issued a Declaration prohibiting all sources of outdoor open flame within these Districts during the time period the Red Flag Warning is in effect (CF Code 307.1.1).

10/10/2020 Red Flag Warning Declaration - Very High Fire Danger

October 10, 2020

The Tahoe Basin is under Red Flag/Critical Fire Weather Warning from 1:00 p.m. today until 8:00 p.m. PDT on Saturday, October 10th, 2020. We appreciate your help in sharing the word about the high fire danger during these conditions. We need to be extremely cautious not to create any type of spark. While wood and charcoal are banned during fire season, under Red Flag Weather conditions no outdoor open flames are permitted, including gas and propane fire pits/grills or pellet grills/smokers. Thank you for helping us to spread the word to our residents and visitors. We encourage anyone who sees an illegal fire to call it in to 911 with a description of whether it is under control or not so that only the necessary resources are dispatched, and as a reminder outdoor burning of wood and charcoal are never permitted at short-term rentals in eastern Placer County.

9/17-9/18/2020 Red Flag Warning Declaration - Very High Fire Danger

September 17, 2020

The Tahoe Basin is under Red Flag/Critical Fire Weather Warning from 1:00 p.m. today until 11:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, September 18, 2020. We appreciate your help in sharing the word about the high fire danger during these conditions. We need to be extremely cautious not to create any type of spark. While wood and charcoal are banned during fire season, under Red Flag Weather conditions no outdoor open flames are permitted, including gas and propane fire pits/grills or pellet grills/smokers. Thank you for helping us to spread the word to our residents and visitors. We encourage anyone who sees an illegal fire to call it in to 911 with a description of whether it is under control or not so that only the necessary resources are dispatched, and as a reminder outdoor burning of wood and charcoal are never permitted at short-term rentals in eastern Placer County.

9/8/20 Red Flag Warning Declaration - Very High Fire Danger

September 8, 2020

The Tahoe Basin is under Red Flag/Critical Fire Weather Warning from 5AM � 8PM tonight. We appreciate your help in sharing the word about the high fire danger during these conditions. We need to be extremely cautious not to create any type of spark. While wood and charcoal are banned during fire season, under Red Flag Weather conditions no outdoor open flames are permitted, including gas and propane firepits/grills or pellet grills/smokers. Thank you for helping us to spread the word to our residents and visitors. We encourage anyone who sees an illegal fire to call it in to 911 with a description of whether it is under control or not so that only the necessary resources are dispatched, and as a reminder outdoor burning of wood and charcoal are never permitted at short-term rentals in eastern Placer County.

***NEW*** The Pacific Southwest Regional Forester has signed another Forest closure order (attached) closing backcountry areas to camping, including Luther Pass, Watson Lake and Blackwood Canyon campgrounds and camping along the Tahoe Rim Trail. Overnight camping will still be allowed in Desolation Wilderness and within 500ft of the Pacific Crest Trail on the West Shore. This closure goes into effect Sep. 8 through Sep. 14, 2020, at which time it will be re-evaluated.

As a reminder, the regional closure order, closing all developed recreation sites in the Tahoe Basin, went into effect Sep. 7, 2020, and will be re-evaluated on a daily basin. FYI, under the new Regional Emergency Fire Restrictions, propane stoves are no longer permitted on National Forest lands. Anything with a flame is prohibited on National Forest lands in the Tahoe Basin.

8/23/20-8/24/20 Red Flag Warning Declaration - Very High Fire Danger

August 23, 2020

Tahoe City, Calif. August 23, 2020 � A Red Flag Warning (Critical Fire Weather) is in effect from 8 PM Sunday to 11 AM PDT Monday for thunderstorms and strong outflow winds for northeast California, the Tahoe Basin, eastern Sierra, and far western Nevada. The main period of concern for thunderstorm potential is Sunday evening through Monday morning, with faster moving storms producing lightning and limited rainfall. All outdoor sources of open flame are BANNED during red flag conditions.

Canceled! Red Flag Warning Declaration 8/12/20

August 12, 2020

Great news! NWS Fire Weather Briefing this morning showed the Tahoe Basin did not meet the criteria for Red Flag conditions! Please use caution, it is still going to be hot and dry.

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7/21-22/20 Red Flag Warning Declaration - Very High Fire Danger

July 21, 2020

Tahoe City, Calif. July 21, 2020 � The National Weather Service (NOAA) has determined that fuel moistures and atmospheric conditions warrant a Red Flag Warning (VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER) for the Lake Tahoe Basin Zone CA-272 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 1:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. The warning includes thunderstorms, with strong outflow winds forecast to reach 40-60 mph. With recent unusually low humidity, vegetation could be extra receptive to new lightning caused fire starts. The Fire Chief of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, in accordance with the California Fire Code with amendments adopted by the Boards of Directors of the North Tahoe Fire, Meeks Bay Fire and Alpine Springs CWD, has issued a Declaration prohibiting all sources of outdoor open flame within these Districts during the time period the Red Flag Warning is in effect. (CF Code 307.1.1)

Red Flag Warning Declaration - Very High Fire Danger

July 7, 2020

Tahoe City, Calif. July 6, 2020 � The National Weather Service (NOAA) has determined that fuel moistures and atmospheric conditions warrant a Red Flag Warning (VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER) for the Lake Tahoe Basin Zone CA-272 on Monday, July 6, 2020 from 2:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. The Fire Chief of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, in accordance with the California Fire Code with amendments adopted by the Boards of Directors of the North Tahoe Fire, Meeks Bay Fire and Alpine Springs CWD, has issued a Declaration prohibiting all sources of outdoor open flame within these Districts during the time period the Red Flag Warning is in effect. (CF Code 307.1.1).

Local Fire Restrictions Take Effect June 15, 2020

June 12, 2020

On Monday, June 15, 2020, CAL FIRE is suspending residential burn permits in the Tahoe Basin. This, along with the fire restrictions announced by the USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit on May 28, 2020, are the triggers that prompt North Tahoe Fire Protection District (NTFPD), Meeks Bay Fire Protection District (MBFPD), and Alpine Springs CWD jurisdictions to activate local fire restrictions by suspending all solid fuel recreational fires and open burning. The suspension takes effect Monday and will remain in effect through the remainder of fire season. Subsequent to the adoption of the 2019 Fire Code, ONLY Natural Gas (NG) or Propane (LPG) outdoor firepits and barbecues, and pellet grills/smokers are allowed year-round except during Red Flag/critical fire weather conditions. All of these appliances must be utilized following manufacturer's recommendations.

Draft Environmental Impact Report to Increase the Pace and Scale of Fuels Treatments is Available for Public Review

May 27, 2020

CALFIRE has developed a program to address long-term forest management to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire while improving forest health. Now is your chance to review the Draft Tahoe Program Timberland Environmental Impact Report! The deadline for comments is 5:00 p.m. on July 6, 2020. Go to www.ntfire.net/tahoe-pteir to learn more.

Dollar Point Community Earns National Recognition for Wildfire Preparedness

May 18, 2020

The hard work and dedication of homeowners in the Dollar Point Community was recognized by receiving the National Fire Protection Association's designation as a Firewise USA® community. The Dollar Point Wildfire Volunteer Committee coordinated with North Tahoe Fire and the Placer County Fire Safe Alliance to complete a rigorous set of criteria required to participate in the national program.

North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Close Administrative Offices and Fire Stations to Public Visitation

March 17, 2020

To honor the directive of Governor Newsom and in support of efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire administrative offices and critical workforce areas including fire stations are closed to public visitation until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and will open to the public as soon as is practical. Our team members continue to work on site and are available via email and telephone. Online services are available and are being expanded every day.

Celebrating Ten Years of Service with North Tahoe CERT, Recruiting for the Next Decade

January 24, 2020

We invite you to join us this Tuesday at our January Board of Director's Meeting, where our CERT program and its members will be recognized for ten years of service to our community. Since 2009, this dedicated volunteer contingent has been meeting and training together, and have responded any time our community has needed them. We are recruiting new members to continue on with the accomplishments of this FEMA-certified program.

News and Information Released Prior to 2020

December 31, 2019

Select the link below to access news and information released prior to 2020.