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Tahoe fire panel approves findings

Kyle Magin
Sun News Service

The California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission moved closer to resolution on a variety of topics, including defensible space, at its March 6 and 7 meeting in Incline Village.

The findings and recommendations will form a report which will be submitted to the governors of the two states. The report will be drafted at the commission’s March 20 and 21 meeting in South Lake Tahoe. It will be presented to the governors in early April.

North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown said a highlight of the meeting was the approval of a nine-point letter submitted to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency from the basin fire chiefs.

The letter deals with basin best management practices which could be changed to be more consistent with defensible space standards in the basin.

Brown also said the commission dealt with California’s burn day policies.

Traditionally, Brown said, fire agencies on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe have burned more dead vegetation piles than California agencies do. Brown said the recommendation suggests California fire agencies take cues from their Nevada counterparts and burn more often.

The commission still needs to address the permit streamlining process with the TRPA, making it easier for homeowners to obtain defensible space permits.