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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

LTBMU: Prescribed fire South and West Shores of Lake Tahoe

Prescribed fire operations resume on the South and West Shores of Lake Tahoe

U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews are scheduled to resume prescribed fire operations on Kingsbury Grade near South Shore and on the West Shore near the Tahoe Heights area today, Wednesday, November 09, 2011, weather permitting.  Both project areas are small, approximately two acres.  Operations may continue through the week.
Residents and visitors can expect to see smoke from these prescribed fire project areas.  Smoke may be visible on Highway 207 on Kingsbury Grade and on Highway 89 on the West Shore.  The Forest Service strives to minimize the impacts of smoke on local communities.  Smoke-sensitive residents should consider staying indoors and keeping doors, windows and outside vents closed.  To directly receive prescribed fire updates, send an email Forest Service staff will post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, and update the local fire information line at (530) 543-2600, #6.  Other federal, state and local fire management agencies may also be conducting prescribed fire work during this period.
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  To learn more about the efforts to reduce catastrophic wildfire risks in the Tahoe Basin read the Lake Tahoe Basin Multi-jurisdictional Fuel Reduction Plan found at
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