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Prescribed fires today at Kingsbury and Cave Rock areas

The U.S. Forest Service Fuels Management Crews will continue a variety of prescribed fire operations today.

Work has begun in the Cave Rock and Logan House areas and south into the Kingsbury region, according to the Forest Service. Work will continue as conditions allow.

On the West Shore, work is expected to commence soon in the Rubicon, Meeks Bay and up to public land in the Kings Beach area as conditions allow.

Spring weather conditions often provide good weather for prescribed fire work, the Forest Service stated in a press release.

“A combination of effective lower humidity combines with mixing air resulting in reduced smoke. The mixing air also helps reduce the chances of inversion layers and smoke impacts,” the statement read.

With good conditions expected to be present over the next few weeks, crews will be eliminating many hazardous fuel handpiles in units around the Lake Tahoe Basin, the Forest Service said. Local conditions and weather will determine when and where prescribed fire will be used.

Residents and travelers can expect to see smoke from prescribed fire project areas.

This and other prescribed fire projects are designed to reduce wildfire risks to communities and critical resources. Smoke management is part of every prescribed fire burn plan, and efforts will be taken to reduce actual or potential smoke impacts on community areas, the Forest Service stated.

To learn more about the efforts to reduce catastrophic wildfire risks in

the Tahoe Basin, visit:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu/documents/fuel-reduction-projects/10-year-plan/LTBCFP_Public_Presentation_8_3.pdf

To view maps that described current prescribed fire project locations,

visit:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu/fire/index.shtml

Learn about prescribed fire vs. wildfire at:

http://www.smokeybear.com/good-bad.asp