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Prescribed fire operations possible in communities around the Lake


usfs-logo-282x300-8543368-5269523U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews will conduct prescribed fire operations in the Cold Creek area on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore again beginning Monday, March 25, 2013. The Forest Service may also begin operations in the area of North Upper Truckee on the South Shore, Slaughterhouse Canyon or the Meeks Bay area, depending on weather and fuel conditions. Operations will continue throughout the week if conditions are favorable. Crews expect to complete operations on approximately 10 acres.

Smoke will be visible 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 Lake 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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