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Angora area and West Shore next for prescribed fire operations


usfs-logo-282x300-9301430-2505973U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews will resume prescribed fire operations in the Angora area tomorrow, Jan. 19, 2012.  Fuels management crews will begin work in small sections of the unit near the north end of Tahoe Mountain.  The project area is approximately 123 acres.  Operations will continue through the weekend.  In addition, operations may begin this weekend in Ward Canyon, weather permitting.

Residents and visitors can expect to see smoke from these prescribed fire project areas.  Smoke may be visible on Hwy 89 near the Camp Richardson/Pope Beach areas and Hwy 89 on the West Shore near Sunnyside.  The Forest Service strives to minimize the impacts of smoke on local communities.  Smoke-sensitive residents should consider staying indoors and keeping doors, windows and outside vents closed.  To directly receive prescribed fire updates, send an email to [email protected].

Forest Service staff will post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, and update the local fire information line at (530) 543-2600, #6.  Other federal, 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/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 athttp://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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