Burns continue at Spooner
Residents of Carson Valley can expect more smoke from Spooner Summit this week as the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit completes a burn of 100 acres.
“The Pomin burn, up in the Spooner Summit area, resumed on Tuesday,” said Linda Massey, public affairs officer for the U.S. Forest Service. “People may see smoke for the better part of this week.”
Mark Johnson, acting fire management officer, said the smoke from the burn is constantly monitored.
Smoke from recent burns has generated quite a few telephone calls to the Forest Service from Valley residents who are smoke-sensitive, or didn’t know the reason behind the deliberate burns.
“It’s just a way to introduce fire back into the ecosystem under simulated, natural conditions,” Massey said. “We want to underburn a lot of undergrowth, hopefully to prevent a much larger, out-of-control fire later on.”
– Watching the weather. Johnson said the Forest Service monitors weather forecasts and conditions.
“We keep a close watch on the weather. It gives us an indication of where the smoke might be going, where we might be having problem areas. We can curtail or stop the burning if the smoke is headed for sensitive areas such as residential areas on the East Shore of the Lake, to Carson City or Carson Valley.”
Johnson said the smoke is more noticeable in the evenings.
“We seem to be getting calls from residents in the Carson Valley who can smell and see the smoke from many of their homes in the evening hours. We certainly understand those concerns and are asking people who are extra smoke-sensitive to keep their doors and windows closed in the evening,” Johnson said.
Massey said people could call Johnson at 1-530-573-2658 or her at 1-530-573-2688 for additional information.
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