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340 acres of Lake Tahoe forest to be thinned this summer

Staff report

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Thinning of trees for fuels reduction and forest health resumed this week on roughly 340 acres of National Forest System lands on the east side of Highway 267 north of Speckled Avenue above Kings Beach.

According to a news statement, the U.S. Forest Service will close the area from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 15 for public safety due to heavy equipment operations and falling trees.

The closure notice and map will be posted in the project area along with signs to indicate the location of thinning operations.

"Hazards may be present even when operations have ended for the day and the closure is not in effect," officials said. "Individuals disregarding the closure order may be cited, with subsequent fines and jail time.

The forest thinning is part of the Carnelian Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration Project, which will treat approximately 3,300 acres on the North Shore to "reduce the risk of severe wildfire, improve forest health, and provide defensible space to neighboring communities," according to USFS.

Visit fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/CarnelianProject to learn more.