TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Tahoe National Forest Truckee Ranger District will conduct prescribed burns this fall and winter to reduce hazardous fuels build-up and move toward restoring forest ecosystems.
Project goals are to reduce future wildfire severity and provide added protection for communities in the wildland-urban interface. In addition, prescribed fire promotes a diverse and more resilient forest and improve wildlife habitat.
All projects are conducted in accordance with an approved plan that identifies specific conditions under which burns will be conducted, including weather, number of personnel and opportunities to minimize smoke impacts.
“We try to give as much advance notice as possible before burning, but some operations may be conducted on short notice,” said District Fuels Management Officer Linda Ferguson.
Following is a list of prescribed fire projects planned for this fall and winter:
• Canyons — 350 acres of understory burning, approximately one mile east of Stampede Reservoir.
• Klondike — 200 acres of understory burning, approximately one mile west of Klondike Flats.
• Piled material — Alder Creek (44 acres); Serene Lakes (15 acres); Highway 89 North (seven acres); Henness Pass Road north of Stampede Reservoir (10 acres); Donner Camp (one acre); Sawtooth Ridge/06 Road (two acres); and Silver Creek Campground (one acre).
Smoke will be present in and around the burning, and light smoke is likely to persist in and near burn areas for several days after ignition. Smoke will settle into lower elevations at night and typically lift out of the area during normal daytime heating.
People sensitive to smoke should take precautions, including staying indoors with windows and doors closed while smoke is in the area.
For information or to receive prescribed fire notifications via e-mail, call Ferguson at 530-587-3558.
— This article was provided to the Sun by the Tahoe National Forest.