Tahoe community anxious as this summer’s weather conditions mimic those during the Angora Fire

WHAT: To mark the 5th anniversary of the devastating Angora Fire, Senator Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin) along with homeowners and local fire officials will be guiding the media on a
tour of the Angora Fire site to provide an update on the progress that has been made to restore and rebuild the community.

During the tour, Senator Gaines will unveil a “Report Card” on the current status of fire safety in the Lake Tahoe Basin. This report is based on the actions that have been taken on the list of recommendations made by a bi-state Blue Ribbon Fire Commission, which was formed in the wake of the fire by the Governors of California and Nevada.

The Angora Fire scorched about 3,100 acres and destroyed 254 homes, costing untold millions in damages and in emergency response costs. This discussion is of particular importance as Tahoe’s conditions – steep canyons, ample fuel, dry years such as in 2007, when the area received only 29-percent of normal precipitation, high winds – are a recipe for forest fire disaster. This year’s conditions are similar and the community, rightfully, is nervous heading into fire season.

WHEN: Monday, June 25, 2012
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Note: To join the tour, meet at stop #1 listed below and the group will continue together to the remaining tour locations.

TOUR: Stop #1 – U.S. Forest Service Tour
Location: Park on the south end of Mule Deer Circle and Lake Tahoe Boulevard (in South Lake Tahoe) and we will walk a short distance to the location.
Description: This stop includes a panoramic view of Forest Service lands affected by the fire. You will see charred trees next to new growth, homes that have been rebuilt and empty lots where homes once stood. Discussion will surround fuel reduction, reforestation, stream restoration, road and trails work and thinning for forest health.

Stop #2 – Marsha Hudson, Angora-Area Homeowner
Location: 1415 Mount Olympia Circle, South Lake Tahoe
Description: This highly visual stop includes a homeowner’s perspective on what it was like to experience the fire devastation and the process of rebuilding. Ms. Hudson will share images of her destroyed home and discuss the precautionary measures of rebuilding with more fire-proof, fire-retardant materials.

Stop #3 – Bob & Sylvia Kaufman, Angora-Area Homeowners
Location: 1402 Mount Olympia Circle, South Lake Tahoe
Description: Similar to stop #2, the Kaufmans will share their emotional experience of losing everything five years ago, and where they are now after having rebuilt their home.

Stop #4 – Angora Community Garden & “Report Card” Reveal
Location: 1383 Mount Olympia Circle, South Lake Tahoe
Description: In an effort to “give back” to his beloved neighbors, Owen Evans decided to create a community garden on his property after the Angora Fire. The garden is a cooperative project between the Evans/Allen families and a number of public and private entities. As the garden continues to be developed, it will serve as a model for landscape Best Management Practices, water conservation, fire defensible space and natural beauty.


WHAT: Following the media tour, Senator Gaines will be hosting a community Fire Forum where a panel of experts will continue the discussion on the “Report Card” and the Blue Ribbon Fire Commission’s recommendations. The community will have the opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns about efforts to protect their homes, businesses and community from future destructive wildfires.

WHEN: Monday, June 25, 2012
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: South Tahoe High School (Theater)
1735 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA

WHO: In addition to Senator Gaines, the panel of experts includes: Chief Gareth Harris, Lake Valley Fire Protection District; Patty Z. Kouyoumdjian, Executive Officer, Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board; Joanne Marchetta, Executive Director, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency; Mike LeFevre, Planning Staff Officer, U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management; and Chief Kelly Keenan, Amador-El Dorado Unit, CAL FIRE.