Firefighters anticipate busy fire season
By Adam JensenA lackluster winter could create a long, hot summer for Lake Tahoe area firefighters.
Tahoe Daily Tribune
Apr 21, 2012
With the water content of the Sierra Nevada snowpack sitting near 50 percent of normal, Lake Tahoe Basin forests are expected to dry out early and provide kindling for the numerous fires that start in the basin each year.
“Everyone is anticipating a real big, bad fire season,” said Lake Valley Fire Protection District Chief Gareth Harris, who encouraged people to make sure they have defensible space surrounding their homes.
Because of the sparse precipitation this winter, vegetation in western Nevada never really got green, Harris said.
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