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Lake Tahoe and wildfire meetings set

Sun staff report

Three days before the annual Tahoe Summit, state, federal and local lawmakers will gather to discuss wildfire.

In the wake of California’s most costly spate of wildfires, congressmen, state legislators, rural community leaders and residents will be in Sacramento brainstorming ways to reduce future catastrophic wildfires.

The bi-partisan meeting will be held Aug. 13, and aims to find “common sense solutions to reduce forest fuels and better land management practices,” according to a release from State Sen. Dave Cox, who represents the Truckee-Tahoe area.

Expected to attend are Rep. John Doolittle; state Sen. Sam Aanestad; Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa and Assemblyman Rick Keene, who represents Truckee.

Meanwhile, on Aug. 16, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will host the 12th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit at Valhalla Estate on Tahoe’s South Shore.

Feinstein is expected to announce new federal legislation intended to protect the lake and surrounding Tahoe Basin.

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At the first Lake Tahoe Summit in 1997, President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore unveiled a sweeping plan to protect Lake Tahoe and the Basin. It included efforts to restore the lake’s steadily declining water clarity, and to reduce the risk of fire by thinning forests of dangerous fuels such as shrubs and dead trees.