Forest Service to continue prescribed burns near Tahoe

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Updated: 1/10 11:15 am
TAHOE CITY, Calif. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The U.S. Forest Service Fuels Management crews will continue prescribed fire operations off of Bunker Drive near Tahoe City and on Luther Pass near South Lake Tahoe through January 18, weather and conditions permitting.

According to a press release from the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 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. This information is used to decide when and where to burn.

The LTBMU says that smoke from a 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.

All prescribed fires are monitored regularly for burning and smoke dispersal and action is taken to mitigate concerns as they arise. The Forest Service makes every effort to conduct prescribed fire operations during weather patterns that carry smoke away from communities.

For more information on prescribed fire and smoke management tips, visit the U.S. Forest Service website.
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