A MESSAGE FROM THE FIRE CHIEF MICHAEL SCHWARTZ
Updated May 26, 2020
Fire season outlook: Last year was pretty quiet in the Sierra range compared to normal. Not as many windy days and pretty lackluster thunderstorm season. This year is expected to more robust; the weather pattern was more similar to the winter of 2018. Locally our high fire danger is expected to come earlier this year, beginning in late June and continuing through November. Following a drier than average winter has really upped the odds of large fires in timber zones compared to recent years, as there is still a lot of dry, unburned, carryover fuels in the Great Basin from 2017-2019 wet winters. Fire season onset depends on spring weather. July onward is the most likely time frame.
All members of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District are here to serve you every hour of every day. If you have any questions regarding the District or the services we provide, please do not hesitate to call me at (530) 584-2318 or email me.
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Michael Schwartz joined the North Tahoe Fire Protection District as its Fire Chief in 2012, after serving 29 years with a neighboring fire agency. Along with his wife, Jean, they have been a part of the Lake Tahoe community since 1978, raising four children and participating in many local community organizations.