Prescribed burns continue in Tahoe region

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Updated: 2/24 6:12 pm
LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The U.S. Forest Service has resumed prescribed burns throughout the Tahoe region on Monday, while crews are preparing for a separate burn in Verdi later this week.

The fire-reducing tool has a different format this season, because the lack of snow is a concern for burning. The Forest Service relies on moisture to contain the prescribed flames overnight and through the day.

The preferable burn is called an under-story. It's when crews mimic a natural fire by igniting a small diameter of land. The region is seeing an average number of burns this season, but in this drought, officials are resorting to burning thinned out piles of wood and brush.

Without a significant amount of precipitation this spring, the Forest Service says the prescribed burns could be cut short because of control concerns. "It's actually making it a little bit more difficult because of the lack of snow right now," said Field Specialist Steve Howell. "So without that snow, we're having to jump around from area to area and find snow where we can burn where we have a little bit safer conditions to burn piles."

Monday's burns were throughout Clear Creek, Alpine County and near Spooner Summit.
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