LAKE TAHOE – Prescribed fire activities have resumed in the Tahoe Basin with operations underway at Burton Creek State Park on Tahoe’s northwest shore. Burning will continue over the next three weeks, weather permitting.
The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team follows a specialized burn plan, which considers temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. Additionally, agencies coordinate closely with local county and state air pollution control districts to monitor weather conditions carefully prior to prescribed fire ignitions.
Smoke from prescribed fire operations, which may be seen, is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the project size and environmental conditions. While prescribed fire smoke is generally less intense and of much shorter duration than smoke produced by unwanted wildland fires, crews wait to burn until conditions favor carrying the smoke up and dispersing it away from sensitive areas.
Agencies will post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, send email notifications and update the local fire information line maintained by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit at 530-543-2816.
To learn more about the benefits prescribed fire, visit www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/understanding-fire/.