Defensible Space

Practicing good defensible space is an important part of being a property owner in Lake Tahoe.

US Forest Service records show that over the last 35 years over 150 fires burned in or within a two-mile radius of North Lake Tahoe. One of the goals of the forestry department is to help property owners bring their properties into compliance with state, local and association fire safety standards. Work completed by individual property owners is key to keeping all of us safe from wildfire.

How do I practice good defensible spacing?

  1. Clear an area 30 feet around your home. This area requires the greatest reduction in flamable vegetation.
  2. The fuel reduction area in the remaining 70 feet, or to the property line will depend on the steepness of your property and the vegetation.