North Lake Tahoe forest thinning project begins |

North Lake Tahoe forest thinning project begins

Staff report

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — A tree-thinning project began Tuesday on roughly 340 acres of National Forest System lands on the east side of Brockway Summit north of Speckled Avenue near Kings Beach.

The U.S. Forest Service will close the area from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 15 due to heavy equipment operations and falling trees, officials said in a release.

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

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

The project is part of the Carnelian Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration Project, which will treat about 3,330 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.

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