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Angora Fire One-Year Anniversary

Chair Margo Reid Brown's remarks, as written, before a special El Dorado County Board of Supervisor's lunch commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Angora Wildfire:

June 24, 2008

Thank you Norma [El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago].

Only a year ago, this was a very different place. A horrible fire devastated this community, ripping apart the lives of many who lived here.

Standing here today, I’m sure we’re all amazed to see what we’ve accomplished together.

For all of us at the Waste Board, we are so proud to have been a part of the process of helping the victims of the Angora Fire return to normal lives as quickly as possible.

We’re proud to have been a part of the effort to remove debris, restore the environment, and rebuild a community.

And we’re proud to have managed a clean-up and removal project that is now a model for other disaster recovery efforts.

The Angora Protocols created through our response are now helping agencies provide better recovery assistance.

We saw this soon after Angora, during the Southern California wildfires.

And now we’re seeing the protocols and the work we’ve done here fortified through decisive action taken by Governor Schwarzenegger.

Last month, the Governor received the California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission final report and directed implementation of many of the report's recommendations to ensure the State will “work hand-in-hand with local, regional and federal agencies to make the region safer and greatly increase our fire prevention efforts.”

We hope all the local agencies and homeowners in the region adopt the Commission’s recommendations and that these Angora protocols are employed by other local governments--to keep the Tahoe Basin safe, and keep “Tahoe Blue.”

To help inform other jurisdictions, our Board created a DVD that will be distributed to counties, cities and other agencies so that they may see and learn from a community that did the extraordinary and brought itself back. I would like to share this video with you now. (WMV, 16:39 | YouTube, 16:39)

Thank you.

CIWMB Board Chair Margo Reid Brown addresses guests at annivesary lunch.Board Chair Margo Reid Brown addresses guests at the Angora Fire Anniversary Lunch.


Board Chair participates in ceremonial tree planting.Chair Brown participated in a ceremonial tree planting on the grounds of the first home rebuilt only nine months following the start of the 2007 Angora Wildfire.

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