The Angora Fire claimed 254 homes, but South Lake Tahoe residents say it could have been even worse, if not for the brave firefighters. Saturday those who put their lives on the line to fight the blaze, were honored in a parade.
Residents waved and smiled as fire engines made their way down Lake Tahoe Boulevard with sirens blaring.
Among the crowd, people from the local school district. They wanted to thank firefighters for protecting the high school as the fire neared it.
Some even expressed their appreciation with signs -- one bearing signatures from South shore residents.
Even though homes were lost, residents are grateful. 47-year Tahoe-area resident Susie Raby says she knows 26 people who lost their homes, but thanks to firefighters no one was killed.
Law enforcement officers were also honored, including those from the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.