Fickle Mother Nature puts damper on planned burns |

Fickle Mother Nature puts damper on planned burns

Wet weekend weather made for perfect prescribed burning conditions in the Lake Tahoe Basin, but Tuesday’s winds caused a setback.

Fire crews from Meeks Bay Fire Protection and Sugar Pine Point State Park lit burn piles on Tahoe’s west shore Monday but smothered the fires for precautionary measures when the wind picked up Tuesday.

“The conditions were great Monday – a little wet,” said Esther Mandeno, a California State Parks research ecologist. “(Tuesday) was a little too windy, and we weren’t confident we could control the fires so we canceled.”

Mandeno said the piles of forest litter were left over from forest thinning that was done last fall along the northern boundary of the park, near the town of Tahoma. Burning the forest litter reduces fire hazard and allows for more healthy forest conditions, she said. Sugarpine State Park plans to resume burning for another three to four days when conditions improve.

The Forest Service doesn’t have any major plans for controlled burns in the Lake Tahoe Basin this spring, spokeswoman Linda Massey said.

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