Prescribed fire operations resume at Lake Tahoe
If conditions allow, prescribed fire operations will continue this coming week around Lake Tahoe.
The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, California Tahoe Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service resumed those operations this past week, according to a press release sent Friday, Dec. 2, by the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT).
Operations could take place in multiple locations around Lake Tahoe including Glenbrook, Cave Rock, Round Hill, Lower Kingsbury Grade, South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Paradise and Meyers.
Each prescribed fire operation follows a plan that considers temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation,and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. This information is used to decide when and where to burn, according to TFFT.
Before prescribed fire operations are conducted, agencies post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, send email notifications and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2816. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the project size and environmental conditions.
Agencies coordinate with state and local county air pollution control districts and monitor weather conditions to try and find favorable conditions that will carry smoke up and out of the basin.
Smoke sensitive individuals are encouraged to reduce their exposure by staying indoors if they are in a smoke affected area. For more prescribed fire information and smoke management tips, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/RxFireOps.