Controlled burns for Carnelian Bay |

Controlled burns for Carnelian Bay

State fire crews are slated to burn about 100 piles of brush and dead vegetation in Carnelian Bay starting Saturday and continuing to Monday, depending on weather conditions.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Nevada Yuba Placer Unit will be burning piles on 25 acres of Tahoe Conservancy Land on Agate Drive and Tripoli Road.

Calfire first scheduled the burns for Monday, but with possible precipitation, may reschedule the burns for Saturday, said Calfire Battalion Chief Doug Rinella.

Forecsters were predicting winds from the southwest, so the smoke should go toward Brockway Summit, Rinella said.

The pile burns will be in preparation for a “broadcast burn” planned for the fall of 2008, which is a prescribed burn of the entire forest floor, he said.

“Now we are getting rid of needles, twigs, and brush,” Rinella said. “There is so much fuel in the forest we can’t do just a broadcast burn because we would burn everything. We want to get rid of ground and ladder fuels first.”

This two-stage approach should mean less smoke in the area ” especially the smoke that could linger for days, Rinella said.

Signs notifying people in the area will be placed on Highway 28 and in Carnelian Bay, he said.

Rinella said a controlled burn in Incline Village was responsible for the smoky conditions in the Truckee-Tahoe area Friday.

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