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Fire Safe Councils Invite Citizens to Participate

TitleFire Safe Councils Invite Citizens to Participate
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-03-16
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #59 - "Fire Safe Council" (Air Date: March 16, 2004). Elwood Miller from the Nevada Fire Safe Council discusses the environmental impact that forest fires can have on the lake (such as causing erosion which leads to further loss of water clarity) and how fire managers are planning for the upcoming fire season by working with property owners to assess and prevent fire risks.
SubjectForests fires -- Environmental aspects -- Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.) -- Fires and fire prevention
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2005-03-14
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 59 "Fire Safe Council" Air Date: March 16, 2004 Anchor Intro: With snow on the ground, it may not seem like the appropriate time to be thinking about fire season. But, this time of year, fire managers are actually very busy making plans for the upcoming season. Shelly Purdy explains in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((Take Pkg)) ((Nats rain!!)) ((Track 1)) On a day like this the last thing on your mind is fire danger. Fire managers are using this down time to make plans for the upcoming summer fire season. At Lake Tahoe, those plans are critical if they want to avoid a catastrophe like the one we saw this fall in southern California, where thousands of acres burned, hundred of homes were destroyed and lives were lost. Come spring, workers will set out on a myriad of fuel reduction programs, cutting trees, piling slash and burning unwanted forest debris. ((sot @ 18:48 Elwood Miller, Nevada Fire Safe Council)) "The only thing we can really do sometimes is about the fuel We can't do anything about the slope, We can't do anything about aspect, but we can do something about the fuel." ((track 2)) And at Tahoe, the "fuel" includes the many homes scattered throughout the forest. Homes with wood shake roofs burn just like trees do. It was a hard lesson learned in southern California last year. And one that insurance companies like State Farm are taking note of. ((sot @ 20:35)) "They're going to the individual owner's property and point out to them things they can do, activities they can engage in that will reduce that risk.:" ((track 3)) Like replacing wood shingles with more fire-resistant materials. Homeowners who fail to make the required changes could have their insurance policies cancelled. It's a drastic step, but one many believe is necessary to head-off a catastrophic wildfire. ((sot @ 23:41)) "the environmental consequences would be horrendous. And we often think only of the fire itself and what the fire does. But it's just as important to think about the aftermath of the fire." ((Track 4)) All you have to do is look at what's happening in southern California now to see just how bad it could be at Lake Tahoe. Massive mudslides, out of control erosion, and possibly even more loss of life. It's a very real very scary possibility. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: Researchers believe that if there were a major fire at Lake Tahoe it could set the quality and clarity of the lake back 100 years. ADD: Future programs will talk about the fire prevention efforts currently underway.

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