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Prescribed fire operations continue on South and East shores of Lake Tahoe


usfs-logo-282x300-2790430-7531697U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews continue prescribed fire operations near Spooner Summit beginning Monday, March 18, 2013.  Crews expect to burn approximately 40 acres.  In addition, operations begin Monday on Tahoe Mountain near Dundee Circle.  Crews expect to burn approximately six acres.  Operations in both locations may continue through the week, weather and conditions permitting.

Residents and visitors can expect to see smoke from these prescribed fire project areas.  Smoke may be visible on U.S. Highway 50 near Spooner Summit.  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 [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 athttp://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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