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1,500 acres of burns planned for Truckee forest this fall/winter

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee Ranger District will conduct prescribed fires this fall/winter on more than 1,500 acres of Tahoe National Forest land to reduce build-up of hazardous fuels and to move towards restoring forest ecosystems.

“Fall and winter bring precipitation and cooler temperatures which are ideal for prescribed fire operations,” according to a news release from the district. “Planned projects include low-to-moderate intensity understory burns of vegetation on the forest floor and burning piles of stacked woody material.”

Below are the main prescribed fire projects planned for the coming months:

Stampede Area: 200 acres of understory burning, roughly 1 mile east of Stampede Reservoir.

Highway 89 North, near Prosser Hill OHV: 1,000 acres of understory burning, roughly 2 miles north of Tahoe Donner and Prosser Lakeview/Prosser Heights, and adjacent to Klondike Flats.

Multiple piled material operations: Sagehen (300 acres), Serene Lakes (10 acres), Russel Valley (10 acres), Henness Pass Road north of Stampede (10 acres), Donner Camp (1 acre) and Sawtooth Ridge/06 Road (2 acres).

According to the Truckee Ranger District, the main goal of the projects is re-establish natural ecosystems using fire, thus reducing the severity of future wildfires and providing added protection for communities in the wildland urban interface.

“We do our best to give as much advance notice as possible before burning, however, some operations may be conducted on short notice,” Linda Ferguson, District Fuels Management Officer, said in a news release.

Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after lighting, depending on the project size. Smoke will settle in low-lying areas at night and into the morning and usually lifts out of an area during normal daytime heating.

“We are sensitive to the impact smoke has on people, especially those with respiratory conditions and allergies and we make every effort to conduct prescribed fire operations during weather patterns that carry smoke away from communities,” said Ferguson. “Fire is a natural part of the Sierra ecosystem. Our prescribed fire program is very important in our efforts to restore more natural ecosystems. A moderate amount of smoke now could prevent a lot of smoke later.”

For more information, or to receive prescribed fire notifications via email, call Linda Ferguson at 530-587-3558.

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