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.

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.

December 03, 2019

The Meeks Bay Fire Board of Directors had a busy agenda for their December meeting. The Board appointed its newest Director, Jennifer Lemke. Director Lemke is filling the seat vacated by Jane Warmack, who retired after 21 years of service on the Board. Lemke, a retired educator, joins Board Directors Ellie Beals and Korie Kromydas, who were also appointed to fill vacancies earlier this year. Those vacancies were due to the retirement of Directors Nick Kromydas (33 years of service) and Bruce Massie (20 years of service). The new Directors join Director Steve Hyde (13 years of service), and Board President Ed Miller (37 years of service).

December 12, 2019

North Tahoe Fire and The Boatworks Mall are partnering to increase the survivability of a cardiac arrest by installing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at the popular shopping center in Tahoe City.  

December 10, 2019

The hard work of homeowners in the Alpine Meadows Community was recognized this month with the National Fire Protection Association’s designation as a Firewise USA® community.  The Alpine Meadows Fire Safe Council 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.  Stakeholders completed a community wildfire hazard assessment, and developed an action plan to guide their efforts to reduce the risk of wildfire in their community. 

December 10, 2019

With the arrival of moisture, higher humidity and winter weather conditions, effective Thursday, December 5, 2019 CAL FIRE lifted the burn permit suspension that has been in place in Placer and El Dorado counties during fire season. Following CAL FIRE’s lifting of fire restrictions, which indicates the end of our local fire season, the Fire Chief has lifted local fire restrictions for North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts.

December 02, 2019

A Thanksgiving celebration in Lake Tahoe could have turned into a tragedy for a family of 13, had it not been for two family members that left the holiday celebration to be checked out at a local hospital where they were diagnosed with Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning.  Carbon Monoxide is often referred to as the silent killer. It is undetectable to people because it is odorless and invisible.

November 22, 2019

Basin communities are working to ensure Short-Term Rental (STR) properties are compatible with the neighborhoods where they exist, ensuring they are safe for both visitors and their neighbors.

September 26, 2019

North Tahoe Fire and Tahoe City Public Utility District are working to increase the survivability of a cardiac arrest by installing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at the popular Commons Beach in Downtown Tahoe City.  

September 09, 2019

A wet winter and late spring may have provided the Lake Tahoe Basin a graceful entry into wildfire season, but don’t let this week’s cooler temperatures fool you into thinking that fire season passed anyone by. It’s only just beginning as crews in North Tahoe had a record summer with everything from illegal campfires, structure fires, and even a barge fire (select the press release to see video).

June 26, 2019

On June 17, 2019 CAL FIRE suspended residential burn permits in the Tahoe Basin. Today, June 26th marked the first day of the year categorized as “High Fire Danger” in the Basin, prompting North Tahoe Fire Protection District (NTFPD) and Meeks Bay Fire Protection District (MBFPD) to impose fire restrictions by suspending all recreational campfires and open burning. The suspension takes effect today and will remain in effect through the fire season..

May 01, 2019

North Tahoe Fire, Meeks Bay Fire and the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities are hosting two screenings for the award-winning documentary Wilder than Wild; Fire, Forests and the Future at the Homewood Mountain Resort North Lodge on June 6, 2019, and a second viewing will be held at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach on June 13, 2019.

April 12, 2019

The Sac Bee released the McClatchy Analysis to put a spotlight on policy issues to encourage conversations in the halls of the state Capitol about policy supporting defensible space and safer building standards. The series highlights areas of concern, actions to be taken, and risks to be aware of using data provided by Cal Fire. What today’s Associated Press release did not address was the rest of the conversation from our interview. The article is a call to action, using the Camp Fire as the wakeup call for California. The story failed to tell that the Tahoe Basin had our wakeup call in 2007 after the 2007 Angora Fire. It missed the opportunity to share the successes that the Basin has experienced as a result of the collaboration, policy changes, code enhancements, and other efforts that were borne of Angora’s devastation, and should serve as a road map for the rest of the state.

March 29, 2019

North Tahoe Fire is proud to announce the receipt of a generous grant from the California Fire Foundation to combat climate-change driven disasters. Through this funding, the Foundation, PG&E and first responders are working together to help communities prepare for and prevent safety hazards that can make climate-related disasters even worse.

February 25, 2019

With the seemingly never-ending series of storms dumping feet upon feet of snow in Tahoe, it’s time to remind homeowners to be vigilant with their properties to ensure the safety of residents and guests. We also want to remind homeowners to take their CO alarms seriously and don't assume it's a battery warning, as we've had several legitimate Carbon Monoxide incidents due to blocked vents.

February 05, 2019

Weekend storm totals brought three to six feet of new snow around the Basin,
and North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire want to warn those who are heading out to the fresh powder about
avalanche dangers at all elevations, in addition to hazards of Snow Immersion Suffocation (SIS).

December 27, 2018

The North Tahoe Fire Protection District (NTFPD) and the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CATT) announce they will co-host a public workshop in January designed to help building industry professionals understand proposed changes affecting the 2019 building season.

Builders, planners, designers, consultants, real estate agents, and others involved in land use and construction should attend this public workshop co-hosted by NTFPD and CATT on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at 4 p.m.  The workshop will be held at NTFPD Station 51, 222 Fairway Drive, Tahoe City.  Light refreshments will be served.

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December 27, 2018

Are you looking for ways to help make your community safer through charitable contributions? Did you know that 100% of funds donated to the North Tahoe Fire Partnership Fund go toward marine and land-based fire and rescue apparatus dedicated to our Fire District?
Getting Started: North Tahoe Fire has raised half the funding necessary to purchase its first Fire and Rescue Boat. In 2015, the District Board of Directors approved the establishment of a public private partnership that would allow the District to utilize a combination of tax-deductible contributions from the community and other funds available to the District in order to acquire specialized apparatus including Fire and Rescue Boats to protect families and visitors living and recreating on the 37 miles of shoreline we serve. The North Tahoe Fire Rescue Boat Fleet will protect the shoreline from Crystal Bay to Emerald Bay – 49% of Lake Tahoe’s shoreline! Read more:

December 21, 2018

As we consider setting New Year’s Resolutions for 2019, North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire are asking families to "Resolve to be Ready" for any emergency. Traditionally families utilize New Year’s Resolutions as an opportunity to develop healthy habits. “That is exactly what we are asking you and your loved ones to do; we are asking each member of your family to develop and practice readiness habits that will help you survive a disaster.” said NTFPD Fire Chief Michael Schwartz. “Now is the time to think through the risks in your home and community, any special accessibility considerations your loved ones may have, and then prepare, plan and practice the preparedness actions needed to give you the best chance to survive the risks that face our community. Plan how to get the information you need if power is out, cell towers are down, or there is no internet access.”

November 26, 2018

With the arrival of cooler temperatures, higher humidity and winter weather, effective Monday, November 26, 2018 CAL FIRE lifted the burn permit suspension that has been in place in Placer and El Dorado counties during fire season. Following both the USFS TMU and CAL FIRE’s lifting of fire restrictions, which indicates the end of our local fire season, the Fire Chief has lifted local fire restrictions for North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts. Those possessing current and valid residential burn permits may resume burning on permissible burn days.

November 20, 2018

North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire urge residents to check the date on the back of their Carbon Monoxide alarms, as many units expire this year and must be replaced. Poisonings from carbon monoxide increase during cold weather as families rely on gas, oil and coal burning appliances for heat, and a working CO alarm is a life-saving device.

2018 marked the seven-year anniversary of California Senate Bill 183, known as the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act, which went into effect statewide on July 1, 2011. Most alarms had a seven-year sealed battery, meaning most alarms installed when the law passed are expired and due for replacement. The law requires the installation of CO alarms in all single-family homes with an attached garage or fossil fuel source.

November 07, 2018

We are proud to announce the designation of the first Firewise USA® Community in the Lake Tahoe Basin. This national recognition is a huge achievement, and an important step in reducing the risks of wildfires. Efforts have been taking place in this community for more than a decade to achieve this status. There are many benefits that go along with the designation, including discounted insurance rates for homeowners. 

October 28, 2018

North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts Issue a Declaration Prohibiting ALL Open Burning and Recreational Campfires During the Red Flag Weather Warnings.

Declaration in effect: 1:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2018.

Changes to NTFPD Board Meeting Schedule through 2018

The October 17, November 21, and December 19, 2018 regular Board meetings are cancelled.  In their place, we will hold special meetings on Wednesday, November 7, and Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. 

October 03, 2018

Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice. That is why North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire are teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ­‑‑ the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week™ for more than 90 years ‑‑ to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere™,” which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.

September 28, 2018

North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts Issue a Declaration Prohibiting ALL Open Burning and Recreational Campfires During the Red Flag Weather Warnings.


Declaration in effect: 12:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

September 12, 2018


For the second time this fire season, the Lake Tahoe Basin Operational Area has received state funding to activate and pre-position a task force during high fire weather in the region.

September 11, 2018

North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts Issue a Declaration Prohibiting ALL Open Burning and Recreational Campfires During the Red Flag and Particularly Dangerous Situation Weather Warnings.


Declaration in effect: 1:00p.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2018 through 5:00 am, Thursday, September 13, 2018.

August 27, 2018

Standards of Coverage and Deployment Plan-2018

North Tahoe Fire Protection District and Meeks Bay Fire Protection District are pleased to announce the completion of a Standards of Coverage and Deployment Plan. In 2017 both Districts engaged the services of Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI) to complete a comprehensive Standards of Coverage and Deployment Plan. The report found serves as the North Tahoe Fire Protection District and Meeks Bay Fire Protection District Standards of Coverage and Deployment Plan. It follows closely the Center for Fire Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) Standards of Coverage model that develops written procedures to determine the distribution and concentration of a fire and emergency service agency’s fixed and mobile resources. The purpose for completing such a document is to assist the agency in ensuring a safe and effective response force for fire suppression, emergency medical services, and specialty response situations. Please find the the document on our website,

August 02, 2018

North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts Issue a Declaration Prohibiting ALL Open Burning and Recreational Campfires During the Red Flag and Particularly Dangerous Situation Weather Warnings.


Declaration in effect: 1:00 pm, 8/3/2018 through 10:00 pm, 8/4/2018.

July 25, 2018

Chief Whitelaw leaves a legacy of over 42 years in public service, with 33 of those years benefiting the Tahoe

region. Not only did he serve as Fire Chief for 21 of his 25 years with North Tahoe Fire, Chief Whitelaw served 14 years as the Tahoe Basin Operational Area Coordinator for the California Office of Emergency Services, and his contributions as a Placer County Parks Commissioner and most recently the GM/CEO of the North Tahoe Public Utility District have been pivotal for development in our region...

July 20, 2018

Russ Potts, long-standing board member for the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, has announced he will not run for re-election. Director Potts, representing Trustee Area #2, will vacate his seat on December 6, 2018, when his current term ends. The close of the regular candidate filing period is August 10, 2018.

Generally speaking, Trustee Area #2 encompasses the area from the intersection of Hwy. 28 and Hwy. 267 south through Carnelian Bay and ending in Watson Creek...

April 06, 2018

New District Insurance Services Organization Public Protection Classification

Beginning in April this year, the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) rating for North Tahoe Fire Protection District (NTFPD) will jump to the top tier with a three rating. Historically the North Tahoe Fire Protection District’s ISO rating has been a four. The ISO evaluates fire departments in the United States. Based on this evaluation, they assign a rating between one and ten for each department. One being the best and ten being the worst. This evaluation is based upon many factors...

April 06, 2018


The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and North Tahoe Fire Protection District along with Washoe County Emergency Management, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, IVGID, Placer County and cooperating agencies will be hosting a Community Evacuation Drill on Saturday, May 19th.  The drill will take place from 9:30a.m. – 2:30p.m...

December 28, 2017

NTFPD Fire Chief Michael Schwartz joined California Senator Ricardo Lara at the California State Capitol on December 20th, to announce the introduction of the Wildfire Safety and Recovery Act. The Wildfire Safety and Recovery Act will protect homeowners and use the power of the market to promote fire safety and resilience....

October 31, 2017

Halloween is just around the corner, and although having the best costume might be important; it’s more important to be safe! As usual, we want you to have fun, but a night of spooktacular candy seeking can quickly turn haunting if simple appropriate precautions are not made....

August 14, 2017

July 10, 2017

Heart blockage

Recently, a friend died from a heart attack and it got me thinking about a recurring theme with these kinds of deaths. For whatever reason, people have an aversion to ambulances. Having served as a Paramedic on both a private service and a fire department ambulance, I can’t imagine why. The nicest people in the world work on ambulances and they won’t force you to go if you don’t want to go with them. In fact, very few ambulances in this country even charge you to come to your home and check you out when you call 911.

June 19, 2017

Bear safety...

According to California State Parks, “Black bears have a very keen sense of smell and are attracted to any food or refuse they can smell. A California black bear was once tracked as it traveled three miles upwind, in a straight line, to a food source.” If you’ve spent any significant amount of time in the Lake Tahoe Basin, there’s a good possibility that you’ve seen a bear. Maybe you’ve seen one from afar, or maybe you’ve come home to find your house has been “broken into”, and the gas stove is lit. Whichever the case, the following will help you with what to do in the event you run into a bear, or help you decide the safe lengths you should go, to discourage bears from entering your home.

June 01, 2017

Defensible space..

June is Wildfire Awareness Month! Please join us for free food at our second annual Fire Safe BBQ on June 10th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm across the street from Station 51 at the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Building, 221 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City. Multiple agencies from around the lake will be in attendance to provide you with information regarding defensible space, evacuations, and more. For a list of events throughout the month of June visit:

May 15, 2017

Now that spring has finally decided to show up, we are seeing the record setting snow levels and exceptionally high snow-banks slowly melt away. As many of you know, driving around trying to find an address on a home is difficult when there’s a fortress of snow surrounding a home, but the snow isn’t the only thing keeping our firefighters/paramedics from locating your address...

March 27, 2017

Too much snow can destroy your home.

The combination of massive amounts of snowfall, and unbalanced snow loading on homes has left the North Tahoe Fire Protection District responding to several calls for collapsed roofs...

February 01, 2017

Winter weather hazards are all around -- be alert

Snow! It’s everywhere, and from the looks of things, it’s planning to stick around.

January 02, 2017

Safety on the Slopes

Did you know that the local fire agencies in the Truckee and North Tahoe area work together to provide a response network of Paramedic Ambulance and Paramedic Engine companies? 

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December 26, 2016

New Year’s Eve is notoriously a time to gather with friends and family to celebrate. It can be a time to reflect on the previous year...

November 23, 2016

Tips for Safely Disposing of your Smoke Alarm

Smoke alarms need to be replaced when they are 10 years old. But how do you know when smoke alarms are expired...