Fuels Reduction: Sierra Colina has been conducting fuels reduction on its parcel for several years --- well before the Angora Fire. This important fuels reduction work was instrumental to a Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District crew being able to contain a fire occurring on the Sierra Colina parcel in the summer of 2006.
Neighborhood Fire Evacuation: The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District has informed the owners of Sierra Colina that the proposed Sierra Colina Village internal road/drive will create better access to the parcel than exists at present for purposes of responding to potential fires. In addition, the Fire Marshall approved the Sierra Colina site plan and access road as complying with all emergency ingress and egress standards and requirements of the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District and of Douglas County.
Under-Grounding Electrical Lines near the Scenic Corridor: Sierra Colina proposes to place the existing electrical lines located on its property near the U.S. Highway 50 scenic corridor underground. This is not required by TRPA or by NV Energy. Sierra Colina is doing this voluntarily to promote fire safety and to enhance the beauty of the scenic corridor.
Fire Sprinklers: In May 2008, Douglas County amended its building code for new homes with more stringent requirements for fire sprinklers. Sierra Colina intends to exceed the new requirements for fire sprinklers by installing sprinklers in all of its homes, which by virtue of the smaller size of some of these homes, would not otherwise be required under the new building code.