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Controlled burns planned for Glenshire

Controlled burns originally planned for Friday in the Glenshire area will have to wait-out the storm.

The Glenshire Devonshire Residents Association is planning a controlled burn in two areas ” one west of The Strand and north of Donnington Lane, and the other between Donnington Lane and Kent Drive, said Geoff Stephens, the general manager for the residents association.

Burning was scheduled to begin Friday in anticipation of approaching winter storms, Stephens said, because the winter weather would provide an added safety measure.

He said the 15-acre burn would last about a week.

Gene Welch, public safety and information officer at Truckee Fire Protection District, said the plans will be delayed due to high winds and low moisture expected on Friday, but the burn could begin as early as Sunday, depending on the weather.

“We won’t know until the storm goes through. They’re trying to keep fire creep down to a minimum and damage to surrounding vegetation to a minimum, so they want plenty of snow on the ground,” Welch said.

He said the Glenshire Devonshire Residents Association had acquired permits for the burn from the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, and plan to acquire a permit from the Truckee Fire Protection District by Friday.

The burn is funded partially through a California Forest Improvement Program grant, which will cover $35,000 of the burn’s cost, Stephens said.

He said the two areas are heavily forested and contain many downed trees that haven’t been cleared since before the creation of the residents association.

The association has been putting out banners and signs to alert locals to the burn and to let people know they don’t need to call the fire department when they see smoke or flame, Stephens said.

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