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Prescribed fire operations in Tahoe Basin to ramp up in May

Crews are ramping up prescribed fire operations in the Tahoe Basin this month.

Operations may take place near Glenbrook, lower Kingsbury Grade, Ski Run Boulevard, Fallen Leaf Lake, Meyers, Sugar Pine Point, Brockway Summit and Incline Village, assuming conditions are favorable, according to a press release from the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT). Operations may continue over the next several weeks, weather permitting.

Each prescribed fire operation follows a prescribed fire burn plan, which considers temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke, according to TFFT. This information is used to decide when and where to burn. When conditions meet the prescription, state and local air pollution control districts issue a burn permit allowing operations to proceed.

The TFFT gives as much advance notice as possible before burning, but some operations may be conducted on short notice.

Before prescribed fire operations are conducted, agencies post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, send email notifications and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2816.

Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the project size and environmental conditions. Agencies coordinate with state and local county air pollution control districts and monitor weather conditions closely prior to prescribed fire ignition. They wait for favorable conditions that will carry smoke up and out of the basin. Crews also conduct test burns before igniting a larger area, to verify how effectively fuels are consumed and how smoke will travel.

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For more information about prescribed fire and smoke management tips, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/RxFireOps.