USFS begins fire-prevention work

Published: Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 - 10:54 am

The U.S. Forest Service began thinning operations on Friday to reduce wildfire risks at Fallen Leaf Lake.

The operations take place south of the dam and will move closer to the dam in a few weeks, according to a Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit news release.

From Monday through Oct. 11, a portion of the area will be closed from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily for public safety due to heavy equipment operations and the felling of trees.

There also will be some roadway vegetation and tree clearing near Cathedral Road to facilitate access and safety needs for the road.

Hazards may be present even when operations have ceased for the day and the closure is not in effect, officials warned.

Anyone disregarding the closure order may be cited, with subsequent fines or jail time, officials warned.

The work is part of the South Shore Fuel Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration Project, which will treat about 10,000 acres between Cascade Lake and Stateline, Nev.

The project is intended to provide defensible space, reduce the risks of wildfire and help the forest resist drought, insects and disease, as well as restore stream environment zones, meadows and aspen stands.

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