Angora fire: Community reflects the past 24 months |

Angora fire: Community reflects the past 24 months

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Two years have past since the Angora fire was sparked by embers from an abandoned, illegal campground fire near Seneca Pond.

The fire destroyed 254 homes in a matter of hours, leaving residents to pick up the pieces from the costliest disaster in the area’s history.

Twenty-four months isn’t very long to recover, but the community has rallied to put the neighborhood back together.

“To this date, you can’t point to any place in California that has recovered as efficiently and as effectively as we have here,” El Dorado County Commissioner Norma Santiago said. “We have set a precedent.”

The first resident to rebuild, Stan Freeman, moved into his home on Pyramid Court about nine months after the fire, Santiago said.

“It has been an incredible, incredible journey, and it’s great to see the neighborhood come back,” Santiago said.

Out of the 254 homes that were destroyed in the fire, more than 187 residents have rebuilt, or have received building permits.

The Community Disaster Resource Center has fulfilled its purpose, and will be closing its doors at the end of July, shortly after handing out the last of the fire fund to fire survivors through revegetation vouchers.

But a flurry of activity spawned by the fire still needs to be seen to completion. Officials and residents continue efforts to keep the community safe from another wildfire.

The pages of this issue contain reflections of accomplishments over the past two years and what needs to be done at this juncture, so disaster can be avoided in the years to come.

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