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Four years later, a summit keeps wildfire at the forefront

Adam Jensen

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Four years after the most devastating fire in Lake Tahoe Basin history, a day-long summit on the North Shore seeks to remind homeowners about the risk of wildfire.

The second annual Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Summit will be held Friday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City.

The event is being held on the fourth anniversary of the Angora Fire, which destroyed more than 250 homes at the South Shore in 2007.

“The summit will provide homeowners with information they can use to protect their homes from wildfire,” said Candace Lowery, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Fire Safe Council, in an email. “The summit will also provide a chance for homeowners to meet face to face with their fire districts and talk about actions that could help save their community.”

Presentations will include a history of fire in the Lake Tahoe Basin by U.S. Forest Service vegetation ecologist Hugh Safford, a review of activities following the fire by Lake Valley Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Michael and several presentations on reducing the risk of wildfire at Lake Tahoe.

Tours of fire resistant home construction, a thinning project at Granlibakken and the area hit by 2007’s Washoe Fire are also included in the summit.

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“The event will conclude with an interactive session for participants to identify reasons that members of their communities do not implement defensible space and brainstorming with their fire district staff on how to overcome these barriers,” Lowery said. “An optional ‘ask an expert’ session and no-host bar will be held at the end of the day.”

The summit is open to anyone interested in learning about wildfire issues in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The summit is free to attend, but is limited to the first 150 people who register. To register, visit or

For more information contact Susie Kocher at 530-542-2571 or