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Lake Tahoe Fire Study: Commission poised to take action today on Angora Fire recommendations

Jeff Munson
Sun news service

The commission established to look into June’s Angora fire is poised today to secure its recommendations to the governors of California and Nevada.

Commissioners have resumed discussion this afternoon following a lunch break. At one point before the break, there was disagreement as members of the California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission argued over details of the plan and its language, expected to go up for a 30-day public review once its agreed to today.

Among the recommendations, the document addresses a re-prioritization of forestry practices in the Lake Tahoe Basin and the means to pay for them.

Some 70-plus recommendations are set to be agreed upon this afternoon by the commission, with strong language adopted that changes several policies on the books when it comes to the management of dead and dying timber, the removal of trees, otherwise known as thinning, and how to attack a forest fire once it starts.

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As witnessed by June’s Angora fire, which burned 3,072 acres and destroyed 354 homes, the commission states there is a clear and eminent threat of wildfire in the Lake Tahoe Basin, and with that there is an urgent need to streamline policies that often conflict with one another.

“It’s been hard thought and hard fought,” Commissioner Patrick Wright told the panel as it wrestled this afternoon with how and where to place policies and recommendations on the 192-page document.

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