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Friday, January 28, 2011

LTBMU: Lake Tahoe Prescribed Fire Operations Continue

U.S. Forest Service to conduct prescribed fire operations near Sawmill Pond

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews will be conducting prescribed fire operations on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe in the Echo View Drive area Friday. The project is approximately one-third of an acre.

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

State and local fire management agencies may also be conducting prescribed fire work during this period.

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.

For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu.
 Contact(s): Public Affairs, Cheva Heck (530) 543-2608, or Lisa Herron (530) 543-2815

To view maps that describe current prescribed fire project locations, visit the Current Prescribed Fire Activity 2010 web page found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/RxFireOps.

Take a few moments to visit an excellent web site and learn about Prescribed Fire vs. Wildfire at: http://www.smokeybear.com/good-bad.asp.

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