Tahoe Fire Recovery Works Begins

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, July 12, 2007

Crews with the California Conservation Corps started erosion control work Thursday at a hillside along Angora Creek, close to where the fire started. Jay Allen with the CCC says they’re putting up barriers… 

"…so that if any rains come the ash and the topsoil won’t get into the creek which will then of course obviously get into the lake."

Additional CCC crews are working on fire prevention efforts, thinning trees in the Tahoe Basin.

Meanwhile, state, federal and local fire agencies and conservation groups have put out a new guidebook for people who live in the Sierra. It includes tips for conservation-friendly wildfire prevention. Tracy Katelman is with Forever Green Forestry, which helped publish it. 

"We know a lot of people have moved to the Sierra because they love the forest, they love the nature and because of that they think that perhaps it’s not the best idea to cut anything down when in fact it’s ecologically appropriate to do that." 

The Angora Fire was sparked on June 24th by an illegal campfire. It destroyed more than 200 homes in the first day it started but burned for more than a week.