Prescribed burn smokes out East Shore |

Prescribed burn smokes out East Shore

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – A large plume of smoke rising from Lake Tahoe’s East Shore Sunday was the result of a U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn in Slaughterhouse Canyon, said Cheva Heck, a spokeswoman for the Forest Service, in a statement released Monday.

Prescribed fires in the 245 acre project area are expected to continue throughout the week pending favorable weather conditions.

“We understand that smoke from prescribed fire can be inconvenient and unpleasant,” Heck said. “We ask for the community’s understanding while we take advantage of the right conditions to make progress toward reducing the risk of a major wildfire this summer.”

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is experiencing problems with its phone system, and the local fire information line cannot be updated until the problem is fixed, which could be as soon as Monday afternoon, Heck said.

Up-to-date information on the forest Service’s prescribed fires is available at

To be added to notification lists for prescribed fire plans, e-mail and indicate your neighborhood.

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