Prescribed fires planned for Kings Beach |

Prescribed fires planned for Kings Beach

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

KINGS BEACH, Calif. and#8212; Fire officials are planning prescribed fires this week in Kings Beach, and local residents and travelers are being warned not be alarmed if smoke or fire is spotted.

Weather permitting, the U.S. Forest Service will conduct a 10-acre hand pile burn Thursday and Friday on general forest land near Beaver Street, according to a forest service press release.

Other state and local agencies could be conducting operations during the time period.

The effort, officials said, is designed to reduce wildfire opportunities near the beach; it will be heavily controlled by fire crews who aim to limit both actual and potential smoke impacts into nearby community areas.

Rex Norman, USFS public affairs officer, said the project will be small and could be done in a matter of hours.

and#8220;The project could be done in one day, but theyand#8217;re giving themselves two days just in case other things need to be done,and#8221; Norman said.

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Current weather conditions have allowed fire officials to get a jump-start on wildfire protection this year, Norman said.

and#8220;Most prescribed fires are done in the spring or the fall, but if conditions are good in the winter, it can be an ideal time for controlled fire burning,and#8221; he said.

For information, contact the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unitand#8217;s Prescribed Fire Hotline at (530) 543-2600.