• Fire departments are an essential part of public safety — and that includes driver safety. Fire departments live up to their name by fighting fires regularly. But the everyday duties of fire departments typically go well beyond simply fighting fires. Fire departments serve their communities with emergency medical services and incident response along with other services — and they perform them sometimes even more often than they fight fires.

    In addition to fighting fires, firefighters often help drivers involved in accidents and other emergencies. They respond to car crashes, submerged vehicles, flooding incidents, and of course, vehicle fires, among other incidents. Fire departments serve drivers every day with emergency services, car seat checks, and advocacy for safe driving. On the front line of emergencies, fire departments are always concerned with public safety and especially safety for drivers. In this guide, you’ll learn how fire departments serve drivers and how you can work with your local fire department to be a safer driver.  Visit for more information.

  • Thinking is often the difference between a safe summer in Lake Tahoe and a dangerous wildfire event. Every summer millions of campers, hikers, beach goers and homeowners make the right decisions — thinking first by extinguishing a campfire correctly, trimming tree branches or making sure their off-road vehicle is equipped with a spark arrestor.  We live in, and visit, a place of immense natural beauty and near limitless recreation. By thinking first, you keep it that way.   Visit  and sign the pledge to protect your playground.


  • Citygate Associates assessment of project impacts and appropriate fire service mitigations for the proposed Village At Squaw project.  Read the full draft report here


  • Give your household the best chance of surviving a wildfire by being ready to go and evacuating early.  This includes going through pre-evacuation preparation steps (only if time allows) to increase your home’s defenses, as well as creating a Wildfire Action Plan for your family.  Being ready to go also means knowing when to evacuate and what to do if you become trapped.  Check out Living With Fire In The Lake Tahoe Basin and the Ready, Set, Go video from Calfire for more information.  The Lake Tahoe Basin’s firefighting agencies and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension have come together to promote the Fire Adapted Community concept. They believe this is the best opportunity to decrease the wildfire threat.


  • Burn Permits: We do issue burn permits for residents within our jurisdiction in Squaw Valley but we encourage you to contact the Placer County Air Pollution Control District for information regarding burn day information or call toll free 1-800-998-2876  or  530-745-2330 for non-residential burning