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Center for fire victims opens at ‘Y’

The Community Care Center of Tahoe, a program to help victims of the Angora fire, has signed a lease for the old Mikasa building at the “Y.”

The center, at 2011 Lake Tahoe Blvd., is now making appointments with Angora fire victims, both homeowners and tenants, to come in for assistance.

The site will be used over the next three months to gather and distribute the outpouring of donations for fire victims. The goal of the center is also to be a gathering place for the Angora fire survivors, where they can have a sense of belonging and feel comfortable.

The Garfinkle family has agreed to lease the building for $1 a month for three months, according to Pamela Bettencourt, chair of the program. Many public officials and community members also helped make the center a reality.

Volunteers are also needed for the program.

For more information, call Bettencourt at (530) 318-3349, or e-mail

County warns that Hazardous trees must go

El Dorado County issued abatement notices Friday to property owners who have not taken action to remove hazardous trees resulting from the Angora fire.

Hazardous trees are those that pose an immediate threat to public health and safety. The El Dorado County Environmental Management Department has identified 29 private lots with hazardous trees remaining on the property.

The county will begin the abatement process if hazard trees have not been removed by Oct. 10. On Oct. 11 an abatement hearing will be held and a hearing officer may issue an abatement order to remove unsafe trees. Once an abatement order is issued the county will fall the hazard trees, but will not remove them from the property. All costs incurred during the hearing and tree removal process will be billed to the property owner.

Alternatively, property owners can sign up for the county’s hazardous tree removal program. Trees felled as part of this program will be removed from the property with little if any cost to the property owner.

To obtain forms needed to participate in the program, see Forms must be returned to the Environmental Management Department at 3368 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 303, South Lake Tahoe CA 96150.

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