A MESSAGE FROM THE FIRE CHIEF STEVE LEIGHTON
Steve Leighton is the Fire Chief of the North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts, serving the north and west shores of Lake Tahoe, and the communities in Alpine Meadows. Chief Leighton is a 29-year veteran of the fire service.
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.
The North Tahoe Fire Protection District would like to thank you for visiting our website. I also suggest you follow us on Facebook or Twitter and, during times of critical incidents within the District, tune into our very own local broadcast radio network Channel 1630 on your AM dial! You can also listen to our live radio traffic at www.broadcastify.com.
March didn’t bring us the snow we’d hoped for, and as such the National Weather Service Reno is forecasting a busy fire season for the upper elevations as we enter a cycle of drought. The first Fire Weather Watch of the season was already declared in Mono County on April 13, to give you an indication of the severe condition of fuels moisture for this time of year.
As always, I’m proud to share the successes of our personnel. Our crews continue to assist with monitoring vaccination patients at various sites throughout the region. Our newest recruits have moved to TAP 4, giving them complete control of patient care and documentation, and the ability to work independently with any partner agency. The Division of Life Safety side of the house is making great progress as well. Our two newest inspectors have completed their required inspector training and are officially flying solo on their inspections. Forest Fuels is also due his bragging rights, with the completion of the Tahoe Program Timberland Environmental Impact Report (PTEIR), signed and certified by the Director of CAL FIRE. This moment has been over five years in the making. The PTEIR is an innovative forest management planning tool that will allow partners to increase the pace and scale of wildfire fuel reduction and forest resilience projects, while protecting the region’s sensitive resources. This really is a first-of-its-kind PTEIR that addresses California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Forest Practice Act requirements across private, local, state and federal lands. Congratulations to Eric Horntvedt, who has served as the project manager on the PTEIR for the last three years. Our Seasonal Defensible Space Inspector job announcement has closed, we have conducted interviews, and will be sending letters of conditional offers of employments for these two positions in the near future. The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team is working on their Incident Action Plan for 2021, and we are assisting with the Planning Section on that effort. In addition to their regular duties, Horntvedt and Holland have completed the monumental task of completing and submitting North Tahoe’s five-year update to the Placer County Mitigation Plan and are awaiting feedback.