Susie Kocher

Announcing Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Week May 28 to June 5, 2011Get Defensive: We’re Counting on You!Susie Kocher530-542-25712011-03-11UCCE

South Lake Tahoe, CA: The second annual Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Week will be held May 28th to June 5th 2011. The theme this year is “Get Defensive: We’re Counting on You!” The focus of the week will be to promote community based defensible space activities. Fire agencies, fire safe chapters and local organizations will collaborate to hold community clean up days including offering free chipping and pine needle pick-ups and hosting neighborhood meetings and educational activities. Check the Living with Fire website at to find out about events in your area.

The goal of the Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Week is to encourage individual action to reduce the threat of wildfire to homes and communities. Activities will provide information and resources to create defensible space around homes. Creating defensible space involves selecting and maintaining vegetation near the home, thereby reducing the risk that homes will be ignited and destroyed during a wildfire. It takes a coordinated effort between individuals and local fire and other agencies to prepare a community to survive wildfire. We are counting on you to play your part in protecting Lake Tahoe Basin communities from wildfire. Please join in wildfire week activities to “Get Defensive” with others in your community. For information on how to create defensible space in the Tahoe Basin see, or contact Susie Kocher at 530-542-2571 or