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Prescribed fire operations resume Monday on West Shore

By ThisIsReno

U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews will resume prescribed fire operations on Lake Tahoe’s west shore near Tahoma and in Ward Canyon on Monday, December 10, 2012.  Crews expect to burn 50 acres in both locations, weather permitting.  Operations are expected to continue through the week.

Residents and visitors are advised that due to the size of each project, plumes of smoke may be visible.  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.