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Forest Service resumes prescribed fire operations on Monday, Feb 6


usfs-logo-282x300-7129108-2807521U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews will resume prescribed fire operations in several locations around the Lake Tahoe Basin on Monday, February 6, 2012.  Operations may take place north of Emerald Bay, Kingsbury Grade near North Benjamin, the Kings Beach area and the Elizabeth Rd. area of McKinney Bay near Homewood.  Locations and size of the operations will depend on conditions at each site.  Operations may continue through the week and possibly through the weekend, weather permitting.

Residents and visitors can expect to see smoke from these prescribed fire project areas.  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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