Forest Schafer is the Forester for North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection district.
“And our fuels conditions are predicting a serious fire season where we could have some catastrophic wildfire.”
He says fire agencies in the area are trying to hire more staff, but that’s difficult. The agencies are owed hundreds of thousands in federal funds that were frozen when the Nevada Fire Safe Council went bankrupt three years ago. North Lake for instance is down 39 fuels reduction staff.
Chief Michael Brown wants the federal funds released so he can hire back staff.
“We met our obligations, those grants were awarded to our fire districts and those grant monies should come back to the fire districts to help us offset our costs for what we had to pay out of our general fund.”
More than 50 businesses, homeowners and fire agencies claim they are owed federal funds. They include the California Fire Safe Council, Meeks Bay, Sierra and Tahoe-Douglas fire protection districts.
Lake Tahoe nonprofits were struggling to find a place now have a new home at Kings Beach.
Ski resorts are spending millions on summer activities to draw more tourists.
If an initiative to fund a library in South Lake Tahoe fails it could financially impact other El Dorado County Libraries.
Forest thinning is underway at Lake Tahoe. But does it work? Parts of the north and south shores of Lake Tahoe are closed starting this week as the U.S. Forest Service thins thousands of acres of timberland.
Fire services in the Reno area could be consolidated under a new plan. A committee charged with looking at fire services in the Reno area has issued a scathing report on the efficiency of the four departments.