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Tahoe residents oppose new homes in path of wildfire danger

Associated Press
FILE — A sign warns motorists heading east on Interstate 80 that traffic is being held a few miles ahead while crews continue to battle the Farad Fire in July 2017.
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RENO, Nevada — During her career as a flight attendant, Laura Haneveld had a checklist to remind her what to do in the event of a fire, the Associated Press is reporting.

“The most important thing on an airplane is fire, whether you are on the ground or whether you are up in the air,” Haneveld said. “I’m very attuned to how quickly fire can take over and how you don’t think clearly.”

Now retired and living in California’s Olympic Valley near Lake Tahoe, Haneveld still keeps a fire checklist.

Only this time it’s to remind her and her husband, emergency room physician Ed Haneveld, what to take if they’re escaping a forest fire.

“Forty years ago, we had a much healthier forest, now we are dealing with an unhealthy forest,” Haneveld said. “I see the potential for a real disaster.”

That’s among the reasons Haneveld and many other Sierra Nevada residents oppose a proposed redevelopment plan for Squaw Valley Resort that would add about 1,500 bedrooms and additional retail and resort amenities to the valley over the next 25 years.

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