Fuels Management

DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTIONS

NOTICE – Defensible Space Inspections for construction projects, building permits, and Short-Term Rental (STR) permits are NOT grant-funded and have a cost recovery fee of $144. Visit the Appointments and Inspections page to schedule these types of inspections.

Grant-Funded Defensible Space Inspection
Authorized Agent Form
Click here to learn more about “Ready for Wildfire
California Public Resource Code 4291 – Defensible Space
Placer County Hazardous Vegetation Abatement
El Dorado County Hazardous Vegetation Management
Request a Public Meeting/HOA Meeting

The District performs defensible space inspections to reduce the impact of wildland fires. This season our Department will perform three types of inspections:

Free Property Inspections (funded by a grant): Property inspections help residents create defensible space around their homes and structures. The District will provide homeowners with a report of our findings along with educational materials to help them comply with local defensible space requirements. If you are requesting an inspection and are not the homeowner you will need to fill out an Authorized Agent Form.

    • Educational Inspections: District staff will walk the neighborhoods and mail the results of their findings to homeowners. Staff will not come on to your property without permission so their surveys will not be complete. Therefore, the inspections are only educational and intended to help you identify defensible space issues that require your attention and give you an opportunity to comply with the law.
    • Mandatory Compliance Defensible Space Inspections: Homeowners can expect to receive certified mailings advising them of defensible space action needed to bring their property into compliance with California state law. Homeowners are given a 30-day grace period to complete the necessary improvements. The properties will be re-inspected and homeowners who fail to remedy the violations may face a citation.

For questions about grant-funded defensible space inspections, call 530-584-2321.

​SEASONAL CURBSIDE CHIPPING

Curbside Chipping SIGN-UP
Click here to learn more about “Ready for Wildfire
Defensible Space Inspections and Chipping Areas

The Chipping program runs from June to October annually. Chipping is closed for the winter season. We must receive a request for our FREE residential curbside chipping service at your property at least a week prior to the scheduled chipping week.  Once the request is received, we will add your property to our list and provide the chipping service in accordance with the chipping schedule in area-specific zones. Please be patient, we had record-breaking chipping numbers last year, and anticipate the same this year.

The Chipping Crew is also a Fire Crew and can be deployed by District Fire Chiefs to fires in the area, or sent on assignments to out-of-area fires. This may delay the rotation.

Please read the following:

  • Submit a chipping request using the link at the top of this page.​
  • For questions about chipping, call 530-584-2322.
  • Please submit all chipping requests prior to the week that the crew is scheduled to be in your Area. Requests received the same week that the crew is scheduled to be in your neighborhood may not be chipped that week.
  • This is a free residential curbside chipping program to support property owners as they create defensible space and reduce vegetation that would be fuel in a wildfire. This program is not meant to be used by tree service and defensible space contractors. Large piles left by contractors will not be chipped.
  • All Piles need to be placed at the edge of the street with the cut end of the vegetation facing towards the street.
  • Piles size must not exceed 6 feet in height, 6 feet in width, and 30’ in length. Make piles longer, not higher.
  • Vegetation cannot exceed 6 inches in diameter.
  • The crew will not remain at a single residence for more than one hour.
  • If your pile exceeds size limitations or requires more than 1 hour to chip, you will have to make another request online. The crew will attempt to chip the remaining material on the following rotation.
  • No pine needles, pine cones, stumps, nails, lumber, residential waste, or dirt.
  • Chips will be left on-site to be spread around the property for landscaping or erosion control.
  • Chips cannot be located within 5 feet of any structure or combustible attachment.
  • Spread the chips to a maximum depth of 3” to create mulch areas.
  • Use noncombustible areas(dirt/rock/irrigated lawns) to break up large areas of continuous chips.
  • In order to make sure your pile will be chipped in accordance with the Chipping Schedule, please submit your request one week in advance of the chipping schedule.
  • Through October 31– Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal (TTSD) accepts 6 free yards of green waste at their Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility: 900 Cabin Creek Road (between Truckee & Squaw) *Must unload their own green waste *Bagged green waste emptied *~$7/Yard for additional green waste *Includes(Tree limbs, brush, bark, pine needles, cones, dry grass, dead leaves, yard trimmings).
  • TTSD will also drop off a 6-yard green waste dumpster and pick it back up 5 days later: Call 530-583-7800 for pricing and info.
  • The last day to make a request for the 2022 chipping season is 10/10/2022.

Real Estate Compliance

As of July 1, 2021, Assembly Bill 38 requirements pertaining to real estate defensible space compliance are in effect.

  • All requests for real estate/AB38 defensible space inspection shall be directed to CAL FIRE by going to https://www.fire.ca.gov/dspace
  • Scroll down on the left side of the page to “Request a Defensible Space Inspection” and click on “click here to start”
  • Follow the instructions and fill out the defensible space inspection request form and a CAL FIRE defensible space inspector will receive the request.

For any specific questions, inquiries, or complaints regarding AB38 inspections

  • For properties in Placer County – CAL FIRE Nevada Yuba Placer Unit (NEU) Defensible Space Phone Line: 530-889-0111 ext. 1024
  • For Properties in El Dorado County – CAL FIRE Amador El Dorado Unit (AEU) Defensible Space Phone Line: 530-708-2793

TREE REMOVAL

Tree Removal Permit Inspection
Authorized Agent Form
Placer County Hazardous Vegetation Abatement
El Dorado County Hazardous Vegetation Management
Tree Permitting: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Fire Adapted Communities

  • For questions about Tree Removal Permits, call 530-584-2344,
  • A defensible space inspection must be completed prior to obtaining a tree removal permit.
  • A tree removal permit is offered for defensible space purposes only. Permits are not issued for other reasons such as disease, structural hazards, or view enhancement. If a tree must be removed for one of these other reasons, visit the link below for the TRPA website.
  • The cost for a permit is $144.00 for each property.
  • TRPA allows the removal of trees up to 14 inches (6 inches for lakefronts) in diameter without a permit.

North Tahoe Fire Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Defensible Space Project – Click here to learn more about the project
The California Tahoe Conservancy is authorizing the North Tahoe Fire Protection District to complete fuels treatment on 881 lots owned by the California Tahoe Conservancy in Placer County. The treatment involves a thin from below approach to remove ladder fuels and retain larger healthy trees.

 

Hazardous Tree(s) or Vegetation Management on U.S Forest Service Lands and California Conservancy Lands

U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
To report fire hazards on National Forest lots, contact the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit hotline at (530) 543-2759 or email sm.fs.paltbmu@usda.gov.
For any concerns about hazardous trees or vegetation management issues on U.S. Forest Service lands near your property at Lake Tahoe.

California Tahoe Conservancy
To report fire hazards on lots owned by the California Tahoe Conservancy, call (530) 542-5580 or report a concern online at tahoe.ca.gov/report-an-issue/
For any concerns about hazardous trees or vegetation management issues on California Tahoe Conservancy lands near your property at Lake Tahoe.