Tahoe Fire Commission Almost Done
Debris from last year's Angora Fire
After months of research, the Tahoe Basin Fire Commission has come up with about 70 recommendations to reduce the risk of fire near Lake Tahoe.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The panel includes officials from California and Nevada, like California State Fire Marshal Kate Dargan. She says local officials are trying to help residents who want to make their homes fire-safe but have a lot of questions.
Dargan: “Exactly how do I create the defensible space? Which trees put my property at risk? Which ones don’t? Should I rake daily? Should I rake monthly? We’re trying to give them specifics.”
Most of the commission’s suggestions deal with getting federal, state, regional and local agencies to work together.
And it’s quite a balancing act: For example, the panel’s report says that when local planning agencies update their policies to reduce fire risk, they should focus on protecting life, property and the environment – in that order.