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Prescribed burns occurring at Tunnel Creek March through May

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Nevada Division of Forestry is conducting prescribed burns at Tunnel Creek in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park backcountry from March through May, weather permitting, officials announced Monday.

Tunnel Creek Road, from Highway 28 to Tunnel Creek Station, may be closed in order to conduct the burns, according to a Nevada Division of State Lands press release. Signs will be posted throughout the area when burns are being conducted.

Nearly 100 acres are being treated in 15 separate phases as part of ongoing fuels treatment and forest restoration efforts in the Lake Tahoe area.

“The goal of the project is to create a healthier forest and to make the area more resistant to catastrophic wildfire,” said Robert Gregg, coordinator for the Nevada Tahoe Resource Team, a multi-agency team responsible for implementing the environmental improvement program in Nevada, in a statement.

The Tunnel Creek burns are being conducted by the Nevada Division of Forestry in cooperation with the Division of State Parks, Division of State Lands and North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District.

“We’ll be monitoring weather patterns for smoke management prior to and during burns,” Gregg said. “The timing of the burns depends on optimum weather conditions, but steps will be made to minimize impacts to park visitors.”

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Mar 5, 2012 06:09PM Published Mar 5, 2012 06:08PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.