The U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit began fire operations this week at several locations. If weather conditions permit, prescribed burns will take place on the South Shore near Pioneer Trail and Al Tahoe Boulevard, Blackwood Canyon on the West Shore, Spooner Summit on the East Shore, and Bunker Drive near Tahoe City on the North Shore.
Crews are expected to burn one to two acres per day in these locations. Burning should continue through the weekend and into next week. Burns will remain small until the area receives regular rain and snow.
Smoke will be visible each day. People who are smoke-sensitive should avoid areas of smoke or stay indoors with the windows and vents closed. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
The point of prescribed burns is to reduce the fuel in the forest. Fuel reduction will ease firefighting efforts if an unplanned burn occurs.