Wildland Fire Prevention


                                                       Box 2522  Olympic Valley, California  96146

                                                        Phone: 530-583-6111     Fax: 530-583-0624


May 4, 2018

Dear Squaw Valley Homeowner:


Fire season will soon be upon us in the Sierra.  Squaw Valley Fire Department conducts an annual wildland fire prevention program with a simple goal: to prevent life and property losses from wildland fire.  We accomplish this through public cooperation and enforcement of California's defensible space laws.  These laws are designed to help firefighters protect your home during a wildland fire and more importantly, help your home stand alone when firefighting resources are limited.  Please get your properties in compliance earlier this year, and maintain it until the fall moisture arrives.


All homes in Squaw Valley and the Truckee River corridor will be inspected for defensible space compliance beginning June 18, 2018.  To ensure compliance with California's defensible space laws and to protect your home and family, please follow the guidelines outlined in the self-inspection checklist provided below.


To help with this effort, on Saturday, June 16th, Squaw Valley Fire Department and Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal Company will provide dumpsters for the disposal of vegetation removed from the properties in the Valley.  The dumpsters will be located at the Squaw Valley Public Service District parking lot (305 Squaw Valley Road)  from 7:30am to 2:00pm.

This event is strictly for disposal of yard vegetation - absolutely no household trash, hazardous materials or construction debris will be accepted.


It is equally important to maintain your defensible space throughout the summer.  We are trying to implement a paperless inspection process and need your email address!  Please email us at prevention@svpsd.org so that we can email you information about your particular inspection!


Failure to comply with defensible space laws will result in the County of Placer performing the abatement of your violations under County Code section 9.32.170.  Placer County is authorized under this county code to seek full recovery of abatement, enforcement, investigation, and processing costs and administration charges from you and if necessary, is authorized to lien the property to satisfy said recovery.  (County Code Sec. 9.32.200, 9.32.210)  www.placer.ca.gov


Squaw Valley Fire Department thanks you for your efforts to mitigate the wildland fire threat in our beautiful community.



Defensible Space Self-Inspection Checklist


  • Make street address visible from the street and contrasts with background - suggest 5" or 6" numbers
  • Cut grasses and mule ears to six inches or shorter, one hundred feet from house or to property line
  • Rake and remove pine needles to one hundred feet from house or to property line - OK to leave 1-2" for mulch
  • Remove accumulated pine needles from the roof
  • Cut grasses, thin brush and other flammable vegetation to one hundred feet from house or to property line
  • Clear debris - slash and needle piles, construction debris and flammable storage from around structure
  • Clear vegetation to mineral soil around firewood storage piles
  • Remove brush, limbs, grass, needles and debris ten feet in all directions from around propane tank
  • Limb adult trees up to a minimum of ten feet from the ground, smaller trees limb up the bottom third of tree height
  • Remove dead tree limbs touching or overhanging roofs and decks
  • Remove all tree limbs a minimum of ten feet from chimneys and stovepipes
  • Remove all dead and dying trees from the property
  • Install a 1/2-inch mesh screen spark arrester on chimneys and stovepipes


If you have any questions or concerns, or would like an on-site consultation, please contact us at (530) 583-6111, or by email at: prevention@svpsd.org.  Thank you again for helping to keep our community fire safe and green!