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Council OKs fire plan

Susan Wood

And now the real work begins. The South Lake Tahoe City Council unanimously approved Tuesday a hazard mitigation plan that outlines what to do in the case of an emergency.

The most identifiable hazard could be a major fire, city Fire Marshall Ray Zachau said.

Zachau will now send the plan to the California Office of Emergency Services and Federal Emergency Management Agency to secure grants to conduct fuel reduction. This means ridding our area of dead and dying debris that can light up the landscape like a torch.

Heavenly Valley, the Stateline area north of Montreal Avenue and Gardner Mountain are considered problem areas in need of work.

He figured the jobs – to be bid out by a contractor – would cost about $2 million and would be paid for in grants. The work should start next spring depending on the grant-funding timeline. Zachau predicted the city would apply within three months.

The mitigation plan is part of an overall coordinated fire plan designed to lay out the problems and solutions of the tree-covered Tahoe region.