Prescribed burns planned in Truckee Ranger District
April 2, 2009
TRUCKEE ” The Truckee Ranger District will begin spring prescribed burning in the next few weeks.
Smoke may be visible starting in the area between Russel Valley, Stampede Reservoir, Prosser Creek Reservoir and the Sawtooth Ridge area. Fuels management personnel work with the California Air Resources Board and the local air quality management districts to plan the prescribed burns so that smoke impacts to communities are minimized. At times some smoke may settle into drainages during the evenings and mornings until daytime heating increases smoke dispersal.
Temperature, humidity, fuel moisture, and wind conditions will be monitored for the right burning conditions. In addition to weather factors, wildlife needs, soil conditions, tree survival, sensitive plants, and fire suppression activities are all considered in the timing of these prescribed fires.
A benefit of the underburning will be reduced intensity of future wildland fires in the treated areas. These areas may also provide firefighters with safe locations to control wildfires in the future.
If you have any questions or concerns about the spring burn program, call Linda Ferguson at the Truckee Ranger District at 587-3558.