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Defensible Space & Chipping Information

The Chipping Season for North Tahoe Fire has ended. 

We will begin accepting requests again in May of 2015.

The residential Area Schedule and further details will be posted at that time and requests for chipping of residential debris piles can be logged online or called in to the Hotline at 530-584-2322 in May of 2015. 

We appreciate your hard work in maintaining Defensible Space. 

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Do you have enough Defensible Space?

Summer brings the threat of wildland fires to the Lake Tahoe basin. Fire prevention can keep fires from starting and can be a determining factor in protecting your property should a wildland fire occur in your area.

The North Tahoe Fire Protection District is offering a FREE chipping service throughout the summer months. In addition, we offer FREE property inspections to assist residents in creating “Defensible Space” around their homes and structures.

Here's how the program works:

This year, 2014, North Tahoe Fire is pleased to provide Chipping Service to our residential customers. The program will be subject to some changes.

The crew will not be hauling chips away. You can have the chips left in a pile or broadcast back onto your property. The size of your debris pile must not be larger than 6' high by 6' deep by 20' wide.

WE DO NOT CHIP BOARD LUMBER, PINE CONES, PINE NEEDLES OR BARK. To dispose of these materials contact the Cabin Creek Land Fill (530) 583-7800 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Mon-Sat. Yard waste/debris must be delivered to them in bags or in a tarp.  We will also be hosting a Green Waste drop-off day on Saturday, June 14th from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm, at three locations.  Click here for more information.

How to request chipping or property inspections:

Make a request online by clicking here, or call our hotline at (530) 584-2322.  North Tahoe Fire Protection District uses an Area Specific Zone Schedule by Rotation for Chipping.  To find out when we will be in your neighborhood, please click on this link to open a document that provides the weekly area rotations by date.  Remember even though we may be in your area, you must submit a request in order for chipping services to occur.

It’s a neighborhood thing!

Homeowners frequently ask “What can be done about my neighbor’s property?” North Tahoe Fire suggests that you first make a personal appeal and provide fire hazard and defensible space literature available from the district. If that doesn’t elicit response you can contact us at 530-584-2322 and ask to speak to a defensible space inspector.

If you would like to have a speaker at your homeowner’s association or neighborhood meetings, please call NTFPD at 530-584-2322 to set up an appointment.

You may access the Community Wildfire Protection Plan for the California portion of the Lake Tahoe basin by clicking here. Additionally, the Alpine Meadows Community Wildfire Protection Plan can be accessed by clicking here.