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Posted on: December 2, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Prescribed Fire Operations

The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, California Tahoe Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service resumed prescribed fire operations this week and will continue operations next week as conditions allow.  Operations may take place in multiple locations around Lake Tahoe including Glenbrook, Cave Rock, Round Hill, Lower Kingsbury Grade, South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Paradise and Meyers.  To view a map with project locations and details, visit the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) website at http://www.tahoefft.org.  

Fall and winter bring cooler temperatures and precipitation, which favor prescribed burning.  Each prescribed fire operation follows a prescribed fire burn plan, which considers temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke.  This information is used to decide when and where to burn.  The TFFT gives as much advance notice as possible before burning, but some operations may be conducted on short notice.

Before prescribed fire operations are conducted, agencies post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, send email notifications and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2816.  To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. 

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 and how smoke will travel.  Smoke sensitive individuals are encouraged to reduce their exposure by staying indoors if they are in a smoke affected area.  For more prescribed fire information and smoke management tips, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/RxFireOps

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