SUBMITTED NEWS RELEASE
U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews expect to begin prescribed fire operations on the south side of the intersection of Pioneer Trail and U.S. Highway 50 in the community of Meyers near South Lake Tahoe on Monday, July 25, 2011. Work will continue through Tuesday, July 26, 2011. The project area is approximately 60 acres and consists of piles of vegetation and woody materials remaining after fuels reduction efforts aimed at reducing wildfire risk to the community. Fuels management crews expect to accomplish 30 acres.
On Monday, July 25, 2011, the Forest Service will staff a prescribed fire information station, located at the end of Evelyn Rd. on the south side of Pioneer Trail. Fire information staff will be available from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Interested public are encouraged to visit the station for more information.
Because of the project size, Lake Tahoe residents and visitors may see a significant amount of smoke rising from the project area. Smoke will be visible from Pioneer Trail and U.S. Highway 50. Forest Service prescribed fire managers expect good dispersion of smoke based on predicted weather. The Forest Service strives to reduce smoke impacts to the community from prescribed fire operations, while still completing this important wildfire risk reduction work.
For more information, visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu. To learn more about the efforts to reduce catastrophic 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.
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