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Forest Service to Continue Prescribed Burns in Lake Tahoe Basin

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From the U.S. Forest Service:

U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews expect to continue prescribed fire operations around the Lake Tahoe Basin the week of May 12, 2014, and are likely to continue operations throughout the month of May, weather permitting. During the next few weeks, burning may take place in the Luther Pass Campground off of Highway 89 S. Operations are ongoing and may continue as weather, staffing, and conditions allow.  Locations could vary due to changing conditions.

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 pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us.

Prescribed fire is a valuable land management tool.  Prescribed fire also produces smoke, but the smoke is typically short-lived and managed to minimize impacts unlike wildfires.  Prescribed fire and other fuels treatments help to reduce the severity of wildfires and minimize adverse impacts on public health and safety.

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.

For more information on prescribed fire and smoke management tips, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/RxFireOps.

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 http://fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsm9_045864.pdf.

Visit an excellent web site and learn about Prescribed Fire vs. Wildfire at: http://www.smokeybear.com/prescribed-fires.asp.

Project information:
*    Project Name: Luther
*    Legal Location:, T11N R118E sec 16
*    Descriptive Location: Southeast of Christmas Valley
*    Type of burn: Hand Piles
*    Total Acreage: 100
*    Planned Ignition 5/12/2014 thru 5/16/2014 as conditions permit
*    Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production: 5 days of burn down time
*    Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel: Northeast

Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas:  Smoke may be visible from Christmas Valley and surrounding communities

From the U.S. Forest Service
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