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West Shore prescribed fire operations continue this week


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LAKE TAHOE — U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews are scheduled to resume prescribed fire operations in the Rubicon Bay area beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, August 23, 2011.  Operations are taking place near Scenic Drive, on small urban lots and are expected to continue through the end of the week.  All prescribed fire operations are dependent on weather and available staffing.

Residents and visitors can expect to see smoke from these prescribed fire project areas and smoke may be visible on Highway 89.  Smoke management is part of every prescribed fire burn plan, and efforts are taken to reduce actual or potential smoke impacts on community areas.

This and other prescribed fire projects are designed to reduce wildfire risks to communities and critical resources.

State and local fire management agencies may also be conducting prescribed fire work during this period.

For more information, visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/RxFireOps .

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.

Take a few moments to visit an excellent web site and learn about Prescribed Fire vs. Wildfire at: http://www.smokeybear.com/prescribed-fires.asp.

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