Second phase of Angora cleanup completed
After four months following the devastating Angora fire that swept through South Tahoe, the agency in charge of debris removal announced the second phase of operations cleanup been completed.
The California Integrated Waste Management Board has said debris removal, the placement of erosion control measures on the properties with homes destroyed by the fire, is finished.
This unprecedented accomplishment is a testament to the cooperation and hard work of federal, state and local agencies, said spokeswoman Jamie Cameron-Harley.
The erosion control measures will protect the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe from excess sediment in storm water runoff from the properties affected by the fire. These measures include the installation of silt fences and erosion control blankets and the spreading of wood chips over disturbed areas to stabilize the sites to minimize the migration of sediment as winter and spring approach, according to a press statement.
A total of 191 lots received the needed measures while 261 lots have been deemed safe from any hazardous trees that may pose a threat, Cameron-Harley said.
“The placement of these erosion control measures will provide comfort to the resident and community of Angora and South Lake Tahoe,” said Margo Reid Brown, chair of the California Integrated Waste Management Board, in a press release. “The timing was critical as the area faces rains and snow that could lead to uncontrolled discharges of sediments into receiving streams and ultimately Lake Tahoe, negatively affecting the water quality and damaging the environment further.”
On June 24 the Angora fire — one of the worst fires in Lake Tahoe’s history — destroyed more than 250 homes when the fire erupted through the 3,072 acres near South Lake Tahoe.
The cleanup effort was completed more than a week ahead of the schedule on Aug.24, removing nearly 60,000 tons of ash and rubble and allowing residents to begin to rebuild and bring a sense of normalcy back to their lives.
In record time the waste management board has coordinated, overseen, and completed a $7 million cleanup operation to remove tons of debris left in the wake of Lake Tahoe’s most disastrous wildfire, according to a press statement.
The efforts included removing ash and rubble while recycling as much of the material as possible. Environmental measures were taken to ensure the health and safety of crews and neighbors.
Since the remediation activities began on July 16, the waste management board, part of the California Environmental Protection Agency, amended an existing contract with a solid waste remediation contractor to remove the structural debris and ash created by the Angora fire.
On July 11 Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a Memorandum of Understanding between El Dorado County, Office of Emergency Services, and the waste management board. The MOU authorized an existing CIWMB contractor, to remove the structural debris and ash created by the Angora fire. The contractor also conducted soil stabilization activities to prevent the ultimate erosion of materials into Lake Tahoe.