Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Angora Fire of 2007, just over a year later...

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The Angora Fire was a wind driven fire that started near North Upper Truckee Road subdivision near Angora Lakes, Fallen Leaf Lake, Echo Lake and South Lake Tahoe, California around 2:15 PM on Sunday, June 24, 2007 as a result of an illegal campfire.

The fire burned 3,300 acres, destroyed 242 residences and 67 commercial structures, and damaged 35 other homes. At the peak, there were as many as 2,180 firefighters involved in battling the blaze. The fire cost $12.1 million to fight.

(More pictures and text to come, on the Angora Fire!)

Controlling Nature's Wrath...

I watched this movie recently and I can highly recommend it. It covers not only Defensible Space but also Fire Safe Councils.

Finding the video was particularly timely, since I'd been touring the site of the Angora Fire near Fallen Leaf Lake at South Lake Tahoe.

Friends invited us to stay at a house they were renting on Fallen Leaf Lake, just over the ridge from the Angora Fire burn area, so it was easy to tour.

Talk about object lessons, the pictures certainly told a lot! 

In addition to touring the burn area, this video turned up on the cabin owners bookshelf, unopened, since last year.

My guess is that the video was a giveaway to the neighbors, in order to encourage defensible space activity, etc.

If you'd like to watch the video, I've uploaded it HERE.

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