Burning to begin soon in Truckee/Tahoe region
October 4, 2010
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Truckee Ranger District will begin fall prescribed burning in the area as weather permits, officials announced Monday.
The timing of burning will depend on favorable weather conditions and may continue periodically until significant snow accumulates, according to a Monday press release.
and#8220;We are planning to initiate these prescribed burns to reduce the threat of wildfires especially adjacent to urban development,and#8221; said Linda Ferguson, district fuels management officer. and#8220;By burning the forest vegetation and debris in the fall or spring, we can have many of the ecosystem benefits of fire while lessening the intensity of future wildfires.and#8221;
As for when burning can begin, temperature, humidity, fuel moisture and wind conditions, among others, are monitored for the right conditions. In addition to weather, wildlife needs, soil conditions, tree survival, sensitive plants and fire suppression activities are all considered in the timing of prescribed burns, according to the district.
Some of these burns are located in more remote areas of the forest, while some are near communities. Within the Truckee Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest, pile burning is planned along Alder Creek Road, at Tahoe Timber Trails and along Highway 89 north and south. Underburning is planned near Klondike Flats, in the Sagehen Hills, on Sawtooth Ridge and near Stampede and Boca reservoirs.
The district will work to minimize smoke impacts during burning.
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and#8220;We ask that anyone (who) needs to be notified of a burn due to potential smoke impacts would contact us ahead of time so that we can notify them when a day of burning is beginning,and#8221; Ferguson said. and#8220;We recognize that prescribed burns may be a concern due to the smoke and the potential for escape. These are of concern to us as well and we work (very) hard to minimize the possibility of both. Extensive preparation goes into the planning and implementation of a prescribed burn.and#8221;
The Truckee Ranger District has a pre-burn notification e-mail list. If you wish to be placed on this list or if you would like more information on the fuel reduction efforts on the Truckee Ranger District, contact Ferguson, at (530) 587-3558.