Lives changed by Angora fire |

Lives changed by Angora fire

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Only a stone entry way remains standing near Pyramid Circle.

For years we’ve heard fire officials warn us that a major conflagration was coming and that we needed to prepare for it.

On Sunday afternoon, that long-predicted fire occurred, taking what initial reports say are upward of 200 homes and other buildings with it.

We can’t remember the last time an inferno on this side of the Sierra did this much damage.

But the danger has always been there.

There may come great changes from this catastrophe on such things as how forests are managed and how homeowners must protect their property. But for now, it is the people we must be concerned about.

Thousands of lives are being changed and fear and uncertainty hang as thick as the smoke.

It is in the hands of the firefighters now, and to them go our thoughts and prayers for their safety and for success in holding the line on this devastation.

There are things we can do for them and for the many people who lost their homes. That information is listed elsewhere in today’s paper and on the Tribune’s Web site. There is no question that Lake Tahoe residents will step up to fill the need. Already, donations are pouring in to collection sites.

We ask you to remember another way to support the efforts of the firefighters, and that’s to make sure this is the only fire they will have to worry about. Another fire in our region could force fire managers to divert desperately needed crews elsewhere.

Let’s support the firefighters as they put their lives on the line putting out this fire, and by making sure it won’t happen again.

We’re already hearing accusations that the Forest Service could have cleaned up the woods around Angora Creek, or that the bureaucracy that governs the Tahoe basin prevented residents from protecting themselves.

The truth of the issue will come out in due time, and for now we can only empathize with those who’ve lost their homes, and thank providence that so far no one has been hurt.

— The Record-Courier and Nevada Appeal contributed to this editorial.

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