Letter — Airport helped during fire
“We were extremely lucky,” a quote from the incident commander on the Gondola Fire. This bi-state community is lucky to have an airport that could service the flight operations from this potential disaster.
Yes, some flights flew from Minden, but the Lake Tahoe Airport was responsible for over 459,000 gallons of water that was dropped on this fire. The Lake Tahoe Airport supported a fire fight that was really a Nevada fire. Ninety missions, 140 hours of flight operations all from the Lake Tahoe Airport. By saving added flight time from Minden, refueling at the Lake Tahoe Airport showed what a real asset it is. Less than five minutes were needed from re-fuels to water drop. By having the air force at a local altitude the choppers could carry more water and fuel. This increased the effectiveness of the air operations by a great degree and help protect the largest tax base in Douglas County, Stateline and the adjacent real estate. Controversy has plagued our airport. If ever we questioned its viability, this was a reason to support its future. Imagine what would have happened if the wind took a turn, the air strikes were 50 percent less flying from Minden, or our airport was closed. We all owe a lot to the many people that saved us all from disaster. To the firefighters, emergency personal, the air strikes team and our local airport and staff, many thanks. Douglas County, this was/is your airport also. Think about it.
South Lake Tahoe