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Applications for fire board could begin

The next step in establishing a separate board for the East Fork Fire Protection District will be to round up five residents to serve on the board.

The first district board will consist of five members appointed by Douglas County commissioners on Oct. 6.

In order to be considered for the district, residents must apply at the county no later than Aug. 26, under a proposal to be discussed by commissioners on Thursday.

Applications will be available at eastforkfire.org starting Saturday. Those interested should download and fill out the application and then bring to the district office by the deadline.

East Fork Fire Chief Tod Carlini said interest in the five seats has been high, and he’s expecting several applications.

Each board member will represent one of five geographic areas, but will be elected by residents of the entire district.

The area of Douglas County at Lake Tahoe won’t be included in the district’s jurisdiction.

Once the five board members have been approved by commissioners, they’ll meet starting in January, where they’ll decide by lot who gets the four-year and who gets the two-year terms.

Under the proposal, a majority of the board will serve until 2020, with the two other fire board members’ terms ending in 2018.