EMIGRANT GAP, Calif. September 11, 2018 – The Tahoe National Forest has produced this podcast about the North Fire. The fire, which started on Labor Day, burned in the North Fork of the American Fire and consumed about 400 acres in the first six hours.
Forest Supervisor Eli Ilano and TNF Firefighter Terry Lim take you through the first few hours, giving you a glimpse of the firefighters and command staff work and planning during the initial attack.
As Ilano stated, firefighters’s response during the start of the fire was critical. Protecting firefighters and public safety – and values at risk, including a jam-packed I-80 and the Wild&Scenic American River were achieved by the hard work of the first responders.
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On the second day of the fire, a complexity analysis helped determine the need for a Type 2 Interagency Management Team. NorCal Team 1 would join the local resources and bring additional firefighters and equipment to the fire.
Mike Klemik, NorCal 1 Operations Chief takes us into the workings of the team and how the fire was fought.
The Tahoe’s Courtney Rowe and Terry Lim talk about the aftermath of this fire that will have beneficial impact in the end.
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Joe Flannery, the Acting Public Information Officer for the Tahoe, invites us to a morning briefing – on Day 5. Joe produced and directed the podcast for the Tahoe National Forest, in collaboration with NorCal Team 1. Kyle Lancaster was the audio engineer and sound designer.
As of today, the North Fire is 97% and BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) Team personal is assessing long term fire rehabilitation. 264 firefighters are still out at Emigrant Gap to fully contain the fire.
Our thanks to the Tahoe for sharing the podcast with us, and to all the firefighters – federal, state and local – who fought the North Fire and turned this into a good news story. If you want to download the podcast, just click here: The North Fire Podcast.