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Tahoe chief’s corner: Lake Tahoe’s fire future topic of political summit

Mike Brown

The 19th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit will be held on Monday, Aug. 24, at the Round Hill Pines Beach Resort in Zephyr Cove.

Since the first Presidential Forum in 1997, this annual gathering brings federal, state and local leaders together to discuss important topics such as restoration and sustainability of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

An updated Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) will be presented at the forum. This plan is collaboration between fire districts, land owner agencies, conservation districts, TRPA and others — over 18 agencies.

The CWPP is a comprehensive planning document with specific prioritized projects and community actions.

It is an essential document that supports the Lake Tahoe Bain Multi-jurisdictional Fuel Reduction and Wildfire Prevention Strategy — a strategic framework for how land managers and the public work together to lessen the risk of loss from wildland fire.

The goals of the CWPP are three-fold:

Create fire-adapted communities: The plan provides mitigation strategies and community-driven action plans to help create communities where citizens are engaged and active in preparing for wildfire. It facilitates interagency cooperation and strengthens communication and support between agencies and the public.

Restore and maintain fire-resilient landscapes: The plan provides prioritized locations for fuel reduction treatments to enable land managers to effectively work across jurisdictions and address risks to ecosystems and communities at a landscape scale.

Provide effective and efficient wildfire response: The plan provides strategic treatments on the landscape that will facilitate safer and more successful suppression. This plan provides for tracking, reporting, and sharing of both fuel reduction accomplishments and homeowner/community initiatives.

The updated plan will be made available online at http://www.trpa.org and http://www.livingwithfire.info/tahoe and from local fire districts and departments around the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The Lake Tahoe Summit is a free forum and open to the public. Registration in advance is requested and can be done on-line by going to tahoefund.org.

“Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and educational material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.