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.
The most-detailed data collection effort along the shores of Lake Tahoe is underway and researchers are asking for donations to expand it.
Scientists are warning about the disappearance of native species in Lake Tahoe. They say more types of creatures are disappearing faster.
A new camera network to detect and monitor emergencies at Lake Tahoe is being unveiled today.
As a way to bring in more income, ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area are turning to zip lines. Heavenly Ski Resort opened one this year, and Diamond Peak is working on a zip line proposal this summer.
Lake Tahoe nonprofits were struggling to find a place now have a new home at Kings Beach.