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Post Angora fire roads and trail work nears completion

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The U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is nearing the completion of post Angora Fire roads and trails work, designed to reduce risks to property and resources from potential erosion and run-off.

The work will also eliminate remaining traces of fire suppression activities as well as unneeded user-created roads and their erosion potential.

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) landscape treatments were immediately implemented to stabilize burned soils, protect life and property, as well

as minimize environmental damage and water quality impacts on Angora Creek and Lake Tahoe. Aerial hydromulching was completed in September on more

than 660 acres of the most severely burned areas, while hand applications

of wood and rice straw mulch have been completed in and around residential

areas.

The remaining work between now and November 30 will complete needed roads

and trails repairs, eliminate remaining traces of fire suppression activities, and reinforce existing drainages to prevent erosion or run-off damage.

The Forest Service reminds the public that the Angora Fire area remains

under a public Closure Order until at least Nov. 30. The purpose

of the closure is to allow for the emergency treatments, particularly the

hydromulching, to be undisturbed until significant snowfall reaches the

area; and to maintain public safety in light of post-fire hazards, particularly tree falls.

The Angora Fire started on June 24, from an abandoned illegal campfire.

The fire was contained on July 2 and declared controlled on July 20. The largest wildfire in over a century, the Angora Fire scorched just under

3,100 acres, and destroyed more than 250 homes.

The area of the Angora fire continues to recover rapidly, with significant plant growth. Despite recent rains, soils remain stable. Successful stabilization depends upon the area remaining undisturbed. According to Forest Service spokesperson Rex Norman, treatments are still delicate, saying, “The hydromulch treatment is working, as good or better than expected, but it can be easily damaged. We urge the public to respect the closure for both restoration and safety reasons.”

For more information, contact the Forest Supervisor’s Office at (530) 543-2694. The closure order as well as a map of the area affected by the closure is posted on the Forest Service LTBMU website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu.


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