Smoke in Kingsbury area of Lake Tahoe prompts investigation; Forest Service continues prescribed burns today | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Smoke in Kingsbury area of Lake Tahoe prompts investigation; Forest Service continues prescribed burns today

Jeff Munson

Billowing smoke seen late this morning in the lower and upper Kingsbury Grade areas of Lake Tahoe is from U.S. Forest Service-sanctioned prescribed burns, officials said.

The smoke prompted calls to fire agencies in the Stateline area after 11 a.m. today.

Fire crews responded to the areas of Lake Parkway, Heavenly Village, lower Kingsbury around Palisades and Upper Kingsbury at 11:30 this morning. As of this report fire crews see nothing out of the ordinary for prescribed burns.

An investigation of the fire tanks in lower and upper portions of Kingsbury Grade have netted nothing unusual in regards to fire, officials said.

The Forest Service has men and women stationed at all of the burn piles along Kingsbury Grade, Douglas County fire agencies confirmed at 11:38 this morning.

Forest Service fuels management crews had planned to take advantage of favorable

conditions over the weekend to continue prescribed burning to eliminate hand piles from forest fuels reduction projects, officials said in a news release Friday.

Crews were to continue operations in the Kingsbury area ” South Benjamin and Bonnie Court ” on Tahoe’s southeast shore through today. The Forest Service will also begin prescribed fire operations in the Meeks Bay area on Tahoe’s West

Shore today if conditions are favorable, the agency said.

Spring conditions often present opportunities to conduct prescribed fire operations with greatly reduced chances of fire spread. Forest Service crews anticipate additional prescribed fire activities in various locations around the basin in the next few weeks. Notices will be sent to this list as soon as project areas are identified.

Residents and travelers can expect to see smoke from prescribed fire project areas, the Forest Service said in a news release.

Prescribed fire projects are designed to reduce wildfire risks to communities and critical resources. 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.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit maintains a local fire information line at (530) 543-2600, prompt #6. This line is updated when new information is available on prescribed fires or wildfires affecting the area.

To learn more about the efforts to reduce catastrophic wildfire risks in

the Tahoe Basin, visit:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu/documents/fuel-reduction-projects/10-year-plan/LTBCFP_Public_Presentation_8_3.pdf

To view maps that described current prescribed fire project locations,

visit:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu/fire/index.shtml


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