Heavy smoke again surfaces atop Kingsbury | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Heavy smoke again surfaces atop Kingsbury

Jeff Munson

Heavy smoke in the vicinity of Upper Kingsbury Grade area this afternoon is the result of a prescribed burn.

A Douglas County dispatcher confirmed there were two prescribed burns today, one around theNorth Benjamin and the other near the Tramway area. It is the second day in a row that smoke has managed to linger in the Upper Kingsbury area, prompting calls to the Tribune.

U.S. Forest Service fuels management personnel have conduct prescribed fire operations in the Kingsbury Grade areas the past two weeks. The burns have been dependent on the weather. Other land management agencies including state, local or conservancy, have also conducted prescribed fire operations.

Residents and travelers can expect to see smoke from prescribed fire project areas.

Prescribed fire projects are designed to reduce wildfire risks to communities and critical resources, Forest Service officials said. Smoke management is part of every prescribed fire burn plan, and efforts will be taken to reduce actual or potential smoke impacts on community areas.

To learn more about the efforts to reduce catastrophic wildfire risks in the Tahoe Basin, visit:


To view maps that described current prescribed fire project locations, visit:


Learn about prescribed fire and wildfires at: http://www.smokeybear.com/good-bad.asp

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