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Prescribed fires continue around Lake Tahoe

If conditions are favorable, the North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts may continue prescribed fire operations next week.

Those operations are expected to take place near Glenbrook, Round Hill, Lower Kingsbury Grade and Tahoe City, according to a press release sent Friday by the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team.

Fall and winter bring cooler temperatures and precipitation, which favor prescribed burning. Each operation follows a prescribed fire burn plan, which considers temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for smoke dispersal. TFFT uses this information to decide when and where to burn.

Although TFFT attempts to give as much advance notice as possible before burning, some operations could 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. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us.

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.

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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. Smoke sensitive individuals are encouraged to reduce their exposure by staying indoors if they are in a smoke affected area.

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

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