Parade of thanks slated for Aug. 11 |

Parade of thanks slated for Aug. 11

Susan Wood

A parade to thank firefighters, law enforcement and other emergency personnel who worked the Angora fire is slated for Aug. 11 at 9 a.m. along Highway 50.

The contingent of more than 40 law enforcement vehicles is set to start at the Horizon Casino Resort parking lot and end at the Miller’s Outpost shopping center at the “Y.” The main thoroughfare will remain open, but westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane for the parade procession.

South Lake Tahoe is hardly a town known for parades with the exception of class reunions and homecomings. But the city, El Dorado County, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and the South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce joined forces as yet another way to honor those who fought one of the South Shore’s worst disasters.

The Angora fire, which erupted June 24, burned 3,100 acres and consumed 254 homes as it roared along the North Upper Truckee Road neighborhoods and up Tahoe Mountain.

But a massive community outreach soon took hold, prompting many residents to renew their sense of community spirit.

LTVA Executive Director Patrick Kaler said it’s important the community come together with one ceremonial gesture to show gratitude to emergency personnel.

Spectators are urged to line the parade route at public spaces and on sidewalks. It’s expected to last until 10:30 a.m.

Angora fire investigation update

90 tips collected but no suspects regarding illegal campfire

Point of origin: 50-by-50-foot area near Seneca Pond

CalFire tip line: (800) 468-4408

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