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Fall prescribed burning begins on Truckee Ranger District

Sun staff report

File photoIt's prescribed burn season again in the Truckee/Tahoe region, and various burns are planned throughout the Truckee Ranger District.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Truckee Ranger District will begin fall prescribed burning in the Truckee area as weather permits, officials announced last Friday, dependent on favorable weather conditions and may continue periodically until significant snow accumulates.

and#8220;We are planning to initiate these prescribed burns to reduce the threat of wildfires especially adjacent to urban development,and#8221; said Linda Ferguson, district fuels management officer. and#8220;By burning the forest vegetation and debris in the fall or spring, we can have many of the ecosystem benefits of fire while lessening the intensity of future wildfires.and#8221;

Within the Truckee Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest, pile burning is planned along Alder Creek Road, at Tahoe Timber Trails and along Highway 89 North. Underburning is planned near Klondike Flats, in the Sagehen Hills, on Sawtooth Ridge and near Stampede and Boca Reservoirs.

Smoke may be visible in these areas. 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. Not all smoke can be avoided, however. At times, smoke may settle into drainages during the evenings and mornings until daytime heating increases air movement and smoke dispersal.

and#8220;We ask that anyone (who) needs to be notified of a burn due to potential smoke impacts would contact us ahead of time so that we can notify them when a day of burning is beginning,and#8221; Ferguson said. and#8220;We recognize that prescribed burns may be a concern due to the smoke and the potential for escape. These are of concern to us as well and we work very hard to minimize the possibility of both.and#8221;

The Truckee Ranger District has a pre-burn notification email list. If you wish to be placed on this list or if you would like more information, contact Ferguson at 530-587-3558.