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Friday, January 16, 2015

TFFT Lake Tahoe Basin: Widespread Prescribed Fire Operations #CAFire

Widespread prescribed fire operations in Tahoe area to continue

January 16, 2015        

South Lake Tahoe, Calif.  –California State Parks, the Nevada Division of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service will continue prescribed fire operations on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.  Operations may take place near Tahoe City on Highway 28 between Rocky Ridge and Lake Forest, near Emerald Bay at Eagle Point Campground, the Boat Camp and behind Vikingsholm, Fallen Leaf Lake, Ski Run Boulevard near Heavenly, north of Spooner Summit, and Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park near Sand Harbor.  Operations will last through the next several weeks as conditions allow.   

Fall and winter bring cooler temperatures and precipitation, which favor prescribed burning.  Each operation follows a prescribed fire burn plan, which considers temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke.  This information is used to decide when and where to burn.  The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) gives as much advance notice as possible before burning, but some operations may be conducted on short notice.

Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the project size.  Agencies coordinate with state and local county air pollution control districts and monitors weather conditions closely prior to prescribed fire ignition.  They wait for favorable conditions that will carry smoke up and out of the Basin.  Crews also conduct test burns before igniting a larger area, to verify how effectively fuels are consumed how smoke will travel.

Before conducting prescribed fire operations, agencies may post road signs around affected areas and make email or phone notifications.  The Forest Service updates the local fire information line at 530-543-2600, #6.  To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us.  For more information on prescribed fire and smoke management tips, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/RxFireOps.    
Project Information:
  • Project Name:  Burton Creek State Park
  • Responsible Agency/Contact:  California State Parks, Rich Adams (530) 525-1222
  • Legal Location:  T16N R17E S31
  • Descriptive Location:  Upslope of Hwy 28, between Rocky Ridge and Lake Forest
  • Type of burn:  Hand piles
  • Total Acreage:  50
  • Planned Ignition:  01/20/2015 and continuing as conditions permit
  • Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production:  20 days, intermittent
  • Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel:  Northeast, downslope at night
  • Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas:  Highway 28 at Burton Creek, Lake Forest, North Tahoe High School, Highlands, Tahoe City
  • Project Name:  Emerald Bay State Park
  • Responsible Agency/Contact:  California State Parks, Rich Adams (530) 525-1222
  • Legal Location:  T13N R17E S21, 22
  • Descriptive Location:  Eagle Point Campground, Boat Camp, and behind Vikingsholm
  • Type of burn:  Hand piles
  • Total Acreage:  43
  • Planned Ignition:  01/20/2015 and continuing as conditions permit
  • Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production:  20 days, intermittent
  • Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel:  Northeast
  • Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas:  Smoke will be visible from Hwy 89 around Emerald Bay
  • Project Name:  North Canyon Pile Burn
  • Responsible Agency/Contact:  Nevada Division of Forestry, Roland Shaw (775) 684-2741
  • Legal Location:  T15N, R18E, Sec 25,35,36
  • Descriptive Location:  Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, 1 mile north of Spooner Summit, east of SR28
  • Type of burn:  Hand Piles
  • Total Acreage:  30
  • Planned Ignition:  1/20/15 and continuing as conditions permit
  • Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production:  3 days of burn down time
  • Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel:  Northeast
  • Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas:  Smoke may be visible from SR28, US50 in the Spooner summit area, Tahoe Rim Trail north of Spooner Summit, Washoe Valley, Carson City
  • Project Name:  Slaughterhouse Pile Burn
  • Responsible Agency/Contact:  Nevada Division of Forestry, Roland Shaw (775) 684-2741
  • Legal Location:  T15N, R18E, Sec 34
  • Descriptive Location:  Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, 1.5 miles north of Spooner Summit, west of SR28
  • Type of burn:  Hand Piles
  • Total Acreage:  5
  • Planned Ignition:  1/20/15 and continuing as conditions permit
  • Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production:  3 days of burn down time
  • Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel:  Northeast
  • Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas:  Smoke may be visible from SR28, US50 in the Spooner summit area, north of Glenbrook
  • Project Name:  Sand Harbor Pile Burn
  • Responsible Agency/Contact:  Nevada Division of Forestry, Roland Shaw (775) 684-2741
  • Legal Location:  T15N, R18E, Sec 2; T16N R18E Sec 35
  • Descriptive Location:  Sand Harbor, Memorial Point
  • Type of burn:  Hand Piles
  • Total Acreage:  20
  • Planned Ignition:  1/20/15 and continuing as conditions permit
  • Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production:  3 days of burn down time
  • Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel:  Northeast/east
  • Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas:  Smoke may be visible from SR28, north end of Lake Tahoe, Washoe Valley
  • Project Name:  Spooner CTL
  • Responsible Agency/Contact:  U.S. Forest Service, Kyle Jacobson (530) 543-2658
  • Legal Location:  T15N, R18E, Sec 11
  • Descriptive Location:  Hwy 28
  • Type of burn:  Hand/machine piles
  • Total Acreage:  84
  • Planned Ignition:  01/20/2015 and continuing as conditions permit
  • Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production:  10 days of burn down time
  • Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel:  North/Northeast
  • Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas:  Smoke may be visible from Incline Village, Kings Beach and West Shore communities
  • Project Name:  Heavenly ULM
  • Responsible Agency/Contact:  U.S. Forest Service, Kyle Jacobson (530) 543-2658
  • Legal Location:  T12/13N, R18E, Sec 1, 34
  • Descriptive Location:  Ski Run
  • Type of burn:  Hand Piles
  • Total Acreage:  70.25
  • Planned Ignition:  01/20/2015 and continuing as conditions permit
  • Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production:  10 days of burn down time
  • Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel:  North/Northeast
  • Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas:  Smoke may be visiblelake wide
  • Project Name:  Meow Units 9, 11, 14 and 15
  • Responsible Agency/Contact:  U.S. Forest Service, Kyle Jacobson (530) 543-2658
  • Legal Location:  T12, 17E, Sec 12, 2 and 35
  • Descriptive Location:  Fallen Leaf Lake
  • Type of burn:  Machine Piles
  • Total Acreage:  121
  • Planned Ignition:  01/20/2015 and continuing as conditions permit
  • Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production:  15 days of burn down time
  • Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel:  North/Northeast
  • Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas:  Smoke may be visible from South Lake Tahoe, North Lake Tahoe and surrounding communities
Contacts:    California State Parks, Rich Adams 530-525-1222
                   Nevada Division of Forestry,Roland Shaw 775-684-2741               
                   U.S. Forest Service, Lisa Herron 530-543-2815 


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About the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team
The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) consists of representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies, Cal Fire, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the USDA Forest Service, conservation districts from both states, the California Tahoe Conservancy and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board.  Our Mission is to protect lives, property and the environment within the Lake Tahoe Basin from wildfire by implementing prioritized fuels reduction projects and educating the public on becoming a Fire Adapted Community.
For more information, visit www.tahoefft.org

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