U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews began prescribed fire operations off of Highway 89 South near Luther Pass on Tuesday.
Crews will burn a 29-acre unit across the highway from the Luther Pass overflow campground and will burn as much as weather and conditions allow through the week, according to a press release from the Forest Service. In addition, crews were expected to begin prescribed fire operations on a small unit off Highway 28 on the East Shore of Lake Tahoe. Crews will burn about two acres on the east side of the highway between Secret and Skunk harbors near Bliss Pond. Operations here are expected to last through the day.
Smoke from these prescribed fire project areas can be expected, is normal, and may continue for several days after the initial ignition, the Forest Service stated. Smoke may be visible on Highways 89 and 28. All prescribed fires are monitored regularly for burning and smoke dispersal and action is taken to mitigate concerns as they arise.
For more information on prescribed fire and smoke management tips, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/RxFireOps.
Forest Service staff will post road signs around the areas affected by the prescribed fire, send email notifications, and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2600, #6. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to email@example.com.