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Large-scale prescribed fire operations next week near Glenbrook


usfs-logo-282x300-4921188-5363490U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews will conduct prescribed fire operations above Glenbrook, Nev., on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.  Crews expect to burn up to 135 acres.   Operations will continue through the week as weather and conditions allow.  The project area consists of piles of vegetation and woody materials remaining after fuels reduction efforts aimed at reducing wildfire risk to the community.

The Forest Service will staff a prescribed fire information station at the Spooner Summit fire station.  Fire information staff will be available from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Interested public are encouraged to visit the station for more information.

Because of the project size, Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Reno residents and visitors may see a significant amount of smoke rising from the project area.  Smoke will be visible on U.S. Highway 50. 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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