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Lake Tahoe Fire Plans Near Completion

TitleLake Tahoe Fire Plans Near Completion
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-09-28
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #85 - "Community Fire Plan" (Air Date: September 28, 2004). The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District discusses how it's been utilizing grant money available through the Healthy Healthy Forest Restoration Act to fund a seasonal hot shot crew to manage trees and conduct prescribed burning projects.
SubjectForest ecology -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
Prescribed burning -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (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 85: Community Fire Plan Air Date: September 21, 2004 Tease @ 14:10 "More prescribed burning like the treatment done to this plot of land in 2001 could be in store for other areas of the Tahoe Basin. I'm Shelly Purdy, I'll have details in the Lake Tahoe Report." Anchor Intro: The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District at Incline Village takes a very forward-thinking approach to protecting homes from wildfires. And now they're teaching other fire districts how to do the same. Shelly Purdy explains in tonight's Lake Tahoe report. ((TAKE PKG)) ((nats waterfall fire)) ((Track 1)) This past summer, the Waterfall Fire came dangerously close to burning up and over the mountain from Carson City and into the Tahoe Basin. The forests around Tahoe are dangerously overstocked with trees. It's a problem the Incline fire department is taking a very proactive approach to solving. For the past 20 years, they've utilized grant money and other funding sources to pay for a seasonal hot shot crew. The hot shots limb and cut trees, conduct prescribed burning projects and when called fight wildfires burning in other parts of the country. ((sot @ 8:27 Norb Szczurek, Division Chief)) "they're a national resource for fire response, but their primary mission is doing fuels treatment in our district and throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin." ((track 2)) The program has been so successful at Incline that the fire department is teaching other local districts how to hire hot shots of their own. The biggest roadblock is finding the money to pay for it. Through the Healthy Forest Restoration Act, fire agencies across the country can get grant money for these types of projects, but to apply they must complete a Community Fire Plan. ((s/u @ 13:46 Shelly Purdy)) "The Incline Fire district already has their fire plan completed. Now it's up to the other fire districts around the lake to get their community fire plans together." ((sot @ 13:12)) "The federal government's going to budget and they need it by October 1st, no later to be able to figure out who gets what funding and we certainly want to be involved in that. We don't want to be left out in the cold." ((Track 3)) Because more money means more work can get done to protect homes and the forests around Lake Tahoe. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO NC8. Anchor Tag: Once their Community Fire Plans are complete, the six fire districts at Lake Tahoe plan to work together to apply for grant money from the Healthy Forest Restoration Act.

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