Tahoe Basin Fire Agencies may continue prescribed fire operations next week beginning Tuesday, January 19, 2016. To view a map with project locations and details, visit http://www.tahoefft.org.
Residual smoke may be seen in locations where operations have taken place over the last several weeks.
Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the project size and environmental conditions. Agencies coordinate with state and local county air pollution control districts and monitor weather conditions closely prior to prescribed fire ignition. They wait for favorable conditions that will carry smoke up and out of the Basin. Crews also conduct test burns before igniting a larger area, to verify how effectively fuels are consumed how smoke will travel.
Before conducting prescribed fire operations, agencies post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, send email notifications and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2816.