Fire plan delayed on California side of basin
Satellite imaging problems and lingering snow earlier this year has delayed the delivery of a fire plan for the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
“Originally the final plans were to be done by Aug. 5; now it looks like the draft plans won’t be done until then,” said Jennifer Arrowsmith, administrator of the Tahoe Basin Fire Safe Council. “It’s possible we’ll have the final plan by the end of August.”
The fire plans will locate where the greatest fire threats are in each community. The plans will also provide a prioritized list of forest fuel reduction projects, and what they will cost, to help reduce danger in those areas.
Public meetings to discuss the final plans were scheduled early next week. Those meetings have been canceled and will be rescheduled within the next few weeks, said Susan DiMauro, a spokeswoman for the Davey Resource Group, which is compiling the plan and ground-checking images taken by a commercial satellite.
The Davey Resource Group, based in New Mexico, is developing fire plans for the Lake Valley Fire Protection District, Fallen Leaf Lake Fire Department, Meeks Bay Fire Protection District and North Tahoe Fire Protection District.
“We’ll be delivering each district fire plan as they become completed,” DiMauro said. “It will be Fallen Leaf Lake first and probably Lake Valley after that.”
The Nevada side of the basin has completed its plans. The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, which contains 16 square miles, requires more than $4 million worth of fuels treatment to become as fire safe as possible.
The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, which consists of more than 17 square miles, requires nearly $13 million of fuels treatment, according to Resource Concepts Inc., a company with offices in Carson City and Zephyr Cove that created the plans.
For more information, Arrowsmith can be reached at (530) 543-1501 ext.112.