Working with fire |

Working with fire

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunIgnitors with the Truckee Ranger District work on a burn just north of Truckee on Highway 89 on Tuesday.

.S. Forest Service workers set fire to about 75 acres of brush and vegetation Tuesday that had grown up under the pine forest near Hobart Mills, along Highway 89 south outside of Truckee.

The prescribed burn cleaned out “ladder fuels” ” vegetation that can cause a low-burning fire to climb into the tree crowns of the forest, said Debbie Broback, spokeswoman for the Truckee Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest.

The Forest Service only starts prescribed burns when the wind is light and the weather is ideal, Broback said.

The area around Hobart Mills was a perfect candidate for Tuesday’s fire, said Lance Noxon, a fire management officer with the Truckee and Sierraville ranger districts. The forest had already been thinned and was ready to handle a controlled fire, he said.

“The snowfall over this past weekend has put this area in the right condition to accept fire,” Noxon said.

Federal workers will continue lighting prescribed burns into the fall, said Noxon.

Broback said smoke will be visible in the area over the next few days, especially from Truckee and along the Interstate 80 corridor. Hot spots and smoking stumps will also be visible within the burn area for the next few weeks, she said. Fire personnel will be patrolling the area during this period.

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