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Prescribed burn causing smokey skies over Truckee

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A prescribed 70-acre burn on the outskirts of Truckee town limits didn’t go as planned Thursday, causing concerns for many residents as North winds pushed smoke toward Truckee.

“The smoke is not doing what we wanted it to,” said Lance Noxon, U.S. Forest Service fire management officer. “The impacts are unacceptable.”

Fire crews cut the prescribed burn short near Prosser Reservoir when weather conditions changed and caused winds to blow smoke toward town, Noxon said.

Prescribed burns clear out “ladder fuels” ” vegetation that can cause a low-burning fire to climb into the tree crowns of the forest. The Forest Service only starts prescribed burns when the wind is light and the weather is ideal, according to officials.

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The Forest Service has another 70-acre prescription burn in the area to be completed next week that will have to wait until weather conditions improve, Noxon said.

Noxon said the smoke is likely to linger in town for a few days.

The Forest Service also works with the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District to ensure that air quality levels remain at healthy levels during the burn projects.


 

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