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Thursday, January 23, 2014

LTBMU Luther Pass South Lake Tahoe Prescribed Fire Information #CaFire #NvFire

U.S. Forest Service
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU)

Date Sent:  Jan. 23, 2014

Prescribed fire activity continues on Luther Pass
U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews resumed prescribed fire operations today, January 23, 2014, off of Highway 89 S near South Lake Tahoe.  Crews are burning piles in the Luther Pass campground and will continue operations through Friday, January 24, 2014, weather and conditions permitting. 

All prescribed fire projects are conducted in accordance with an approved prescribed fire burn plan.  Burn plans describe specific conditions under which operations are conducted including the weather, number of personnel, opportunities to minimize smoke impacts, and available burn days.  This information is used to decide when and where to burn.

Smoke from prescribed fire may continue for several days after the initial ignition.  Smoke that settles in low lying areas in the morning usually lifts out of the area during normal daytime heating.  All prescribed fires are monitored regularly for burning and smoke dispersal and action is taken to mitigate concerns as they arise.  The Forest Service makes every effort to conduct prescribed fire operations during weather patterns that carry smoke away from communities. 

Last summer’s wildfires serve as a reminder of the importance of fuels reduction and that smoke produced during a prescribed fire is less intense and of shorter duration than that of a wildfire.  For more information on prescribed fire and smoke management tips, visit

Forest Service staff post road signs around the areas affected by the prescribed fire, send email notifications, and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2600, #6.  To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to
To learn more about the efforts to reduce wildfire risks in the Tahoe Basin read the Lake Tahoe Basin Multi-jurisdictional Fuel Reduction Plan found at
Visit an excellent web site and learn about Prescribed Fire vs. Wildfire at: 
Lisa Herron
Public Affairs Specialist
U.S. Forest Service
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
35 College Drive
South Lake Tahoe CA 96150

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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