Smoke from prescribed burn drifting into Lake Tahoe Basin |

Smoke from prescribed burn drifting into Lake Tahoe Basin

PLACERVILLE — Smoke from a prescribed burn near Kyburz is drifting into the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Over the past two days, fire crews on the Eldorado National Forest burned 159 acres in the Pack Saddle Pass/Silver Fork Road area, south of Highway 50.

Short-term smoke from this project is expected in the Lake Tahoe Basin and Reno as the air cools and settles at night, according to a Nov. 15 U.S. Forest Service release.

The Silver Saddle prescribed burn is one of over twenty projects planned this fall, winter and spring to reduce hazardous fuel and improve forest health.

As of Oct. 31, approximately 3,400 acres had been treated using a combination of understory and pile burning techniques forest-wide.

Smoke-sensitive individuals are encouraged to reduce their exposure by staying indoors, and anyone driving in smoky conditions should use extra caution.

Updates on prescribed burn activity in the Eldorado National Forest are posted on Twitter at For more information on the prescribed fire program, visit the forest website at

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