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November 18, 2013
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Prescribed fires planned on Tahoe's west, south shores

TAHOMA, Calif. — The U.S. Forest Service will begin prescribed fire operations off of Marshall Trail near South Lake Tahoe and on the West Shore near Tahoma on Tuesday, officials said.

Weather and conditions permitting, crews will burn roughly 10 acres per day on the west side of Tahoma, according to a USFS press release, and operations should continue through the weekend. At Marshall Trail, crews will burn approximately two acres per day over several days.

Smoke may continue for several days after 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,” officials said. “The Forest Service makes every effort to conduct prescribed fire operations during weather patterns that carry smoke away from communities.”

Forest Service staff will post road signs around the areas affected by the prescribed fire, send email notifications, and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2600, No. 6. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to

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Sierra Sun Updated Nov 18, 2013 01:28PM Published Nov 18, 2013 01:28PM Copyright 2013 Sierra Sun. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.