Saturday marks the ten-year anniversary of a devastating fire that swept through South Lake Tahoe, destroying more than 250 homes.
In June 2007, while the fire was still burning, Capital Public Radio spoke with Joe Puleri at a shelter for evacuees.
He told us he only had five minutes to get out of his home, along with his two sons.
"Got the kids out, the kids are safe, the house is gone and everything we own is gone," Puleri said then.
Ten years later, Puleri recalled 2007 as a bad year, but despite losing what he called his "dream home," Puleri says the Angora Fire could have been much worse if the community and emergency responders hadn't acted so quickly.
"We didn't lose any lives' that's the good thing about the whole thing," he says. "We could have lost a lot of people."
Kit Bailey is with the U.S. Forest Service in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
"I was the initial attack incident commander, and that was my fire," says Bailey.
Bailey says weather and environmental conditions were ripe that weekend for a major fire to break out.
Since then, Bailey says the government streamlined the process to clear potential fuel sources, helping reduce the likelihood a fire this devastating could happen again.
Saturday, the community will come together to remember the event.
"I think it's going to be about community resilience and the strength of this community and how they pulled together during that tough time, and we really ended up in a super positive place," says Bailey.
While small in acreage compared to recent California fires, Bailey says the Angora was one of the most costly in U.S. history.
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