Preparing for fire season, what officials expect this year

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Updated: 4/20/2012 9:13 pm
SOUTH LAKE, NV (KRNV & Eric Guevin, Fire Marshal for Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District says prescribed burns are all part of forest management. "Fire is a natural occurring event in the district. But we've contained it over the years and now the fuels have all built up.  We have tons of fuel that needs to be destroyed and we need to destroy it before it destroys homes," said Guevin.

Guevin says last year there was an abundance of moisture, which allowed for a lot of undergrowth. This season precipitation remained below average and things are really drying out.

Guevin says the dry conditions do remind him of 2007 when the Angora fire ripped through the area wiping out everything in its path. However, he is quick to point out that fires have been on the increase for years. "To say we'd be concerned more than in the years in the past decade, no. Because there is a trend we're seeing," said Guevin.

Guevin says prescribed burns will continue throughout the month weather permitting.  Follow the links on this page to find out where and when. 

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