Governor Appoints Members to Panel Overseeing Implementation of Fire Commission Report

CARSON CITY, Nev. –- Fulfilling one of the recommendations of the California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission, Governor Jim Gibbons today announced the appointment of three Nevadans to oversee implementation of the commission’s work.

Appointed are former Tahoe Regional Planning Agency member Coe Swobe, Nevada State Forester Pete Anderson and Glenbrook Homeowners Association president A.J. “Bud” Hicks, who also served on the fire commission.

“These three individuals have a diverse array of expertise on issues affecting the Tahoe Basin,” Gibbons said. “I know that each is committed to protecting the basin from catastrophic wildfire, supports the recommendations of the fire commission and will be diligent in ensuring the commission’s recommendations are implemented.”

Gibbons and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed the bi-state commission in the summer of 2007 following the Angora Fire, which burned more than 3,100 acres and destroyed 254 homes.

The commission presented its final report to the Nevada and California governors in May 2008. The report makes 90 recommendations in six categories: environmental protection, issues of governance, community and homeowner fire prevention, forest and fuels management, fire suppression and funding.

Gibbons has already implemented some recommendations, including the signing of an emergency declaration for the Nevada counties in the Tahoe Basin, which helps state agencies supplement the work of local governments. The Governor has also directed his agency heads to implement all recommendations they have individual control over.

The full commission report is available online at www.resources.ca.gov/TahoeFireCommission.

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