Caltrans crews recognized for efforts during King Fire |

Caltrans crews recognized for efforts during King Fire

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Caltrans staff from left: District 2 Manager Steve Hardie, South Lake Tahoe Supervisor Bill Netto, South Lake Tahoe Area Superintendent Darrell Uppendahl, South Lake Tahoe Maintenance worker Ryan Griffith and South Lake Tahoe Equipment Operator II James Cook share a laugh during the recognition ceremony at the Eldorado National Forest office in Placerville on Wednesday.
Jennifer Chapman / Eldorado National Forest |

Several Caltrans maintenance crews on Wednesday were recognized for their efforts during the King Fire in El Dorado County.

The crews were acknowledged for managing traffic and helping to keep firefighters and the public safe along Highway 50 when the fire burned through thousands of acres near Pollock Pines earlier this year.

In announcing the recognition, Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree said Caltrans employees from five divisions “were instrumental” in that regard.

A ceremony was held at the Eldorado National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Placerville, where representatives from both the Eldorado National Forest and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office were present.

Employees recognized were from Caltrans Placerville Maintenance, Caltrans District 2 Redding Tree Crew, Caltrans District 3 Sutter Sierra Tree Crew, Caltrans Kyburz Maintenance and Caltrans South Lake Tahoe Maintenance.

“It’s rewarding to see our partner agencies recognize Caltrans’ efforts,” said South Lake Tahoe Maintenance Supervisor Bill Netto, who was in charge of Caltrans staff during the King Fire, “but we certainly also want to thank the men and women who risked their lives fighting the fire in order to protect the people and property put at risk.”

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