Glenshire controlled burn to begin today |

Glenshire controlled burn to begin today

Controlled burning will begin today at 9 a.m. in Glenshire.

The burn originally scheduled for last weekend was re-scheduled because of the weather, said Geoff Stephens, the general manager for the Glenshire Devonshire Residents Association.

The burn will cover a 15-acre area in two sections, one west of The Strand and north of Donnington Lane, and the other between Donnington Lane and Kent Drive, Stephens said.

Permits were issued by Truckee Fire Protection District and the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District to the residents association, Stephens said.

The burn is scheduled for today, in hopes that it will fall between storm fronts in order to take advantage of winds and moisture, Stephens said.

Chuck Thomas, assistant fire marshall for Truckee Fire, said the controlled burn is scheduled just before the storm for two reasons.

“First, as the weather front passes through, the wind allows good air exchange so we don’t sock-in homeowners with smoke,” Thomas said. “And second, the moisture reduces fire danger so things that aren’t supposed to burn don’t burn.”

Stephens said the burn should last for two to four days, starting from the section near The Strand, and will continue in bad weather unless rain or snowfall becomes too heavy.

A crew will be on-site during the burn, he said, and signs will be posted throughout the neighborhood, along with large banners at the entrances of the subdivision letting people know about the project.

Thomas said this will be the residents association first controlled burn, while Tahoe Donner has been doing it for years.

“Tahoe Donner is truly cutting-edge in managing fuel loads,” Thomas said. “But Glenshire is catching up.”

Bill Houdyschell, the forester for Tahoe Donner, said the subdivision has been performing controlled burns since about 1988.

The number of burns ” large and small ” have been reduced from about 2,000 to about 200 in a year, Houdyschell said.

The reduction comes from the purchase of a chipper and a Fire Safe Council of Nevada County pickup program that takes fuel materials away for free, he said.

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