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Prescribed fire operations begin tomorrow on Tahoe’s West Shore

By ThisIsReno

U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews will begin prescribed fire operations in the Timberland area of the West Shore, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 23, 2012.  Crews anticipate burning three to 10 acres per day, for a total of 10 to 20 acres, conditions permitting.

Residents and visitors can expect to see smoke from this prescribed fire project area.  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 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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