Fire commission to ask governors to declare state of emergency for the Tahoe basin |

Fire commission to ask governors to declare state of emergency for the Tahoe basin

The blue-ribbon commission examining the risk of wildfire at Lake Tahoe will discuss asking the governors of California and Nevada to declare a state of emergency in the basin when it meets Friday in Tahoe City.

The California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Friday at the Granlibakken Conference Center, 725 Granlibakken Road.

The Wildland Fuels committee of the fire commission will meet tomorrow (Thursday) 8:30 a.m. at the Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management office, 35 College Drive, in South Lake Tahoe.

Committee members will take a tour of the Heavenly Valley Creek Stream Environment Zone Fuel Reduction Demonstration Project, located at Pioneer Trail and Al Tahoe.

Also on the full blue-ribbon commission’s agenda Friday will be a discussion with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board on the possible relaxation of rules governing fuel reduction in stream zones.

At Thursday’s meeting of the Community Fire Safety Committee in Tahoe City, the members will discuss how to prioritize fuel treatment in areas bordering residential neighborhoods.

The full commission will also address the concerns expressed by the nine fire chiefs in the Lake Tahoe Basin, who called for streamlining the regulations of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

The commission was created following the Angora fire, which happened in June at Lake Tahoe’s south shore.

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