by Placerville Newswire / Jun 24, 2016 / comments

PLACERVILLE – To mark the 9th anniversary of the devastating Angora Fire, Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today issued the following statement regarding fire safety in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
“Nine years ago today, the Angora Fire scorched about 3,100 acres and destroyed 254 homes in the Lake Tahoe Basin, costing many tens of millions in damages and in emergency response costs.

“Although things are better than they were nine years ago, the area is still at extreme risk for catastrophic wildfire. Recent reports indicate that tree mortality in the Tahoe Basin doubled in 2015 with an estimated 35,000 dead trees found in the basin last year.

“Tahoe’s conditions – steep canyons, ample fuel, high winds – are a recipe for forest fire disaster. We need all levels of government to work together to remove the dead and dying trees as quickly as possible in order to protect the public's safety.
“I also encourage residents to do their part for fire safety by exercising extreme caution with cigarettes, campfires, tools, engines or anything else that could possibly spark or otherwise cause a fire – which is how the Angora Fire began. When fires inevitably start, homeowners must create defensible space around their homes and to be vigilant in clearing out brush at least 100 feet.

“We can never eliminate the risk completely but we need to take every reasonable measure we can to keep this area – the crown jewel of the Sierra Nevada – safe.”
Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento and Sierra counties.