Prescribed fire activity continues |

Prescribed fire activity continues

Submitted to the Tribune

U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews are continuing prescribed fire operations in several locations around the Lake Tahoe Basin.

On the South Shore, operations are taking place on the east side of Tahoe Mountain in South Lake Tahoe, the south side of Highway 89 N near Camp Richardson, and off of North Upper Truckee Road in the Angora fire area south of Mule Deer Circle. On the West Shore, operations will take place across from Emerald Bay State Park and on the west side of Highway 89 N near Tahoma. Prescribed fire crews may continue operations through the weekend, weather, staffing, and conditions permitting, according to the Forest Service.

All prescribed fire projects are conducted in accordance with an approved prescribed fire burn plan. Burn plans describe specific conditions under which operations are conducted including the weather, number of personnel, opportunities to minimize smoke impacts, and available burn days.

Smoke may be visible on Highway 89 N near Camp Richardson, Emerald Bay State Park and Tahoma. Smoke from prescribed fire may continue for several days after the initial ignition. Smoke that settles in low lying areas in the morning usually lifts out of the area during normal daytime heating.

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

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