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Posted on: October 23, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Widespread prescribed fire operations to be conducted at Lake Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts, California State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service will conduct prescribed fire operations next week in multiple locations around the Lake Tahoe Basin. Operations may take place near Incline Village, Tahoe City, Meyers, Stateline and Zephyr Cove. Operations may continue over the next several weeks as conditions allow.

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 Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) will give as much advance notice as possible before burning, but some operations may be conducted on short notice.
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 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. For more information on prescribed fire operations and smoke management tips, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/RxFireOps.

Project Name: Friday’s Station Fuels Reduction Project
Responsible Agency/Contact: Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, Eric Guevin 775-588-3591
Legal Location:
Descriptive Location: Stateline, NV near Hwy 50 and Kingsbury
Type of burn: Pile Burn
Total Acreage: 25
Planned Ignition: 10/26 - 30/2015
Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production: 2 weeks
Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel: North/Northeast
Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas: Stateline and Lower Kingsbury

Project Name: Grass lake ULM
Responsible Agency/Contact: U.S. Forest Service, Kyle Jacobson (530) 543-2658
Legal Location: 11N, 18E, Sec. 8, 17
Descriptive Location: Hwy 89/Grass Lake Rd
Type of burn: Hand Piles
Total Acreage: 122
Planned Ignition: Operations began 10/17/2015 and continuing as conditions permit
Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production: 10 days of burn down time
Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel: North/Northeast
Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas: Smoke may be visible from Meyers, Christmas Valley and Echo Summit

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