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Prescribed burns occurring at Tunnel Creek during October and November


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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – The Nevada Division of Forestry will be conducting controlled burns at Tunnel Creek in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park backcountry throughout October and November.

The Tunnel Creek road, from State Route 28 to Tunnel Creek Station, may be closed in order to conduct the burns. Signs will be posted throughout the area when burns are being conducted. Nearly 100 acres will be treated in 15 separate phases.

The burns are part of ongoing fuels treatment and forest restoration efforts in the Lake Tahoe area.

“The goal of the project is to create a healthier forest and to make the area more resistant to catastrophic wildfire,” said Robert Gregg, coordinator for the Nevada Tahoe Resource Team, a multiagency team responsible for implementing the environmental improvement program in Nevada.

The Tunnel Creek burns are being conducted by the Nevada Division of Forestry in cooperation with the Division of State Parks and Division of State Lands.

“We’ll be monitoring weather patterns for smoke management prior to and during burns,” Gregg said. “The timing of the burns depends on optimum weather conditions, but steps will be made to minimize impacts to park visitors.”

Contact Robert Gregg at 775-684-2720 for additional information.

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