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More than 1,000 acres of prescribed burns planned for Truckee district

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee Ranger District plans to conduct prescribed fires across more than 1,000 acres this spring in efforts to reduce build-up of hazardous fuels and increase ecological restoration.

The main list of projects planned this spring is as follows:

Stampede Reservoir: 150 acres of understory burning, roughly 1 mile east of Stampede Reservoir.

Highway 89 North: 500 acres of understory burning, roughly 1 mile northwest of Klondike Flats.

Russel Valley: 500 acres of understory burning, roughly 1 mile north of Russel Valley.

These projects reportedly will include low-to-moderate intensity understory burns of vegetation on the forest floor, and burning piles of stacked woody material.

“The goals of these projects are to reduce the severity of future wildfires and provide added protection for communities in the wildland urban interface,” according to the Truckee Ranger District, which is part of the Tahoe National Forest. “In addition, prescribed fire will help to promote a diverse and more resilient forest and improve habitat for wildlife.”

Burns will be conducted as weather conditions permit. Smoke from these fires is normal and may continue for several days after lighting, according to the district. Smoke settles in low lying areas at night and into the morning.

“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,” Linda Ferguson, District Fuels Management Officer, said in a statement. “Last summer’s wildfires are a reminder of the importance of fuels reduction and that smoke produced during a prescribed fire is much less intense and of shorter duration than that of a wildfire.

“A moderate amount of smoke now could prevent a lot of smoke later.”

U.S. Forest Service fuels management personnel work closely with the California Air Resources Board and the local air quality management districts to minimize smoke impacts to communities, Ferguson said.

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