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Public Invited to Create Community Fire Plans

TitlePublic Invited to Create Community Fire Plans
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-05-25
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #68 - "Community Fire Planning" (Air Date: May 25, 2004). Chief John Pang from the Meeks Bay Fire Protection District and Carl Hasty, Executive Director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency discuss the Healthy Forest Recreation Act, specifically how it has made funding available for local fire prevention agencies. The process for requesting funding from this act means that these agencies need to involve the local community in developing fire plans.
SubjectFire prevention -- Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
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 68 "Community Fire Planning" Air Date: May 25, 2004 Anchor Intro: The newly passed Healthy Forest Restoration Act is giving fire districts across the country the opportunity to tap-into funding for wildfire prevention projects…and the various fire districts at Lake Tahoe are looking to get their share of that money. ((track 1)) It's scenes like this that every fire manager in the Tahoe basin, and around the country for that matter, wants to avoid. And with money now available under the Healthy Forest Recreation Act, fire managers in the Tahoe Basin are eager to get funding for much needed fire prevention projects. But before they submit their funding requests, fire managers must put together a community fire plan…put together with the help of the local community. ((sot @ 5:22 Chief John Pang, Meeks Bay Fire Protection District)) "We'd like to get them and ask them their opinions. Explain what's going on. Explain the healthy forest act. Explain the need for a fire safe basin, prevent erosion in the basin, keep Tahoe blue." ((sot @ 22:05 Carl Hasty, Executive Director Tahoe Regional Planning Agency)) "That's the key there. Congress has said we'll authorize it, but they haven't put the money there yet. So the community plans are a way to say this is what our actions would be. These are our priority areas, these are our highest risk areas, this is what it's going to cost." ((track 2)) The development of these fire plans signifies a bit of a change in attitude within the Tahoe basin. ((sot @ 3:27)) "In the past we've gone out and told people hey you need to create your defensible space and the biggest concern we've had from folks is TRPA won't let us do that. TRPA is now encouraging it." ((track 3)) The local fire districts are now working together with the TRPA to mark trees that should be cut to create defensible space. It means big changes in the look of the thick dense forests we're used to seeing in the Tahoe basin. ((sot @ 4:14)) "We'd like to encourage that it's probably better to see more of your neighbor's house and more of an open forest than one full of brown trees or choked or in the worst case scenario…charred foundations." ((track 4)) With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for kolo news channel 8. Anchor Tag: The local fire districts around the Tahoe Basin will soon be announcing dates, times and locations for public workshops. They encourage anyone who is interested in community fire planning to participate.

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