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Basin Wide Prescribed Burns to Continue This Week

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From U.S. Forest Service:

U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews may continue prescribed fire operations in numerous locations around the Lake Tahoe Basin on Monday, March 17, 2014. Activity may continue through the week and possibly the weekend if weather, staffing, and conditions allow. Prescribed fire operations may take place on Spooner Summit on the East Shore and in the Luther Pass Campground off of Highway 89 S near South Lake Tahoe. On the West Shore, operations will take place off of Tahoe Park Heights Drive in Ward Canyon, the west side of Highway 89 N near Tahoma, and near D. L. Bliss State Park. Locations may vary due to changing conditions.  

All prescribed fire projects are conducted in accordance with an approved prescribed fire burn plan. Burn plans describe specific conditions under which operations are conducted including the weather, number of personnel, opportunities to minimize smoke impacts, and available burn days.  This information is used to decide when and where to burn.

Smoke from prescribed fire may continue for several days after the initial ignition. Smoke that settles in low lying areas in the morning usually lifts out of the area during normal daytime heating. All prescribed fires are monitored regularly for burning and smoke dispersal and action is taken to mitigate concerns as they arise. The Forest Service makes every effort to conduct prescribed fire operations during weather patterns that carry smoke away from communities. 

Last summer's wildfires serve as a reminder of the importance of fuels reduction and that smoke produced during a prescribed fire is less intense and of shorter duration than that of a wildfire. For more information on prescribed fire and smoke management tips, visit

Forest Service staff will post road signs around the areas affected by the prescribed fire, send email notifications, and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2600, #6. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to

To learn more about the efforts to reduce wildfire risks in the Tahoe Basin read the Lake Tahoe Basin Multi-jurisdictional Fuel Reduction Plan found at

Visit an excellent web site and learn about Prescribed Fire vs. Wildfire at:

From U.S. Forest Service

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