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Prescribed burn planned near Tahoe City

Sierra Sun File PhotoU.S. Forest Service firefighters conduct a prescribed burn last summer. New prescribed burns are planned for near Tahoe City and on the West Shore.

A prescribed burn could start as soon as tomorrow near Tahoe City.

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has plans to perform underburns on 115 acres of forest near Burton Creek State Park off the Fiberboard Freeway.

Fires will only be lit when permitted by the Placer County Air Pollution Control District, but locals should expect to see some smoke, according to a Forest Service press release.

Workers will burn 30 to 40 acres at a time over 24-hour periods, aiming to restore natural fire ecology to the area, according to the press release.

Fire releases nutrients, causes some seeds to sprout, and improves wildlife habitat, according to the release.

Between 8,000 and 10,000 acres burned annually before settlement, according to the release.

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The burns planned near Tahoe City are part of a larger effort to underburn 400 to 640 acres per year around the Basin, according to the release.

There may be additional burns in the Rubicon, Ward and/or Blackwood areas on the west shore. Size, duration and exact locations will be determined when weather conditions develop and appropriate fuel moisture is present.

For more information on the Lake Tahoe Ecosystem Underburn Project, visit the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu/projects/.

” Sun staff reports