Shaver Lake Community Fighting to Survive

The Shaver Lake Volunteer Fire Department was established 60 years ago to provide fire protection for homes in the Shaver Lake community. Over the decades since it was created, the services provided by SLVFD have grown as the number of residents of Shaver Lake and tourists visiting there and the surrounding areas have grown. The SLVFD now responds to structural fires, medical calls, motor vehicle accidents and wild land fires in and around Shaver Lake. The area to which the SLVFD provides these services ranges from Huntington Lake to the north, Courtright and Wishon Reservoirs to the east and Old Tollhouse Road to the south. The Department typically responds to between 200 and 220 calls each year.

The Shaver Lake Volunteer Fire Department is one of the six volunteer fire departments providing service to the Central Sierra accessed by State Route 168. Those departments from west to east include Auberry, Pine Ridge, Bald Mountain, Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake. Joining them in protecting the area are the crews of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) one of which is stationed in Shaver Lake.

Shaver Lake Volunteer Firefighters joined with crews from CalFire, U.S. Forest Service, other volunteer fire departments of the surrounding communities and crews from throughout the state in the fall of 2020 to battle the Creek Fire which started on September 4, 2020. Members of the SLVFD were continuously on the lines battling the Creek Fire from its very beginning until being pulled off of the fire on October 1, 2020. The Creek Fire was a largest single wildfire in California history and the fourth-largest wildfire in modern California history. The fire burned 379,895 acres and was not declared 100% contained until December 24, 2020. The Creek Fire destroyed at least 856 buildings and cost over $193 million in fire suppression costs, while the total property damage is currently unknown.

The SLVFD is always looking for volunteers to join with us. No prior fire/rescue experience is necessary. If you have an interest in becoming a member of the Department and have residence in the Shaver Lake area or have access to one, we would love to hear from you.