Prescribed burn to start soon in Lake Tahoe Basin

Published: Friday, Sep. 27, 2013 - 12:14 am

The U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit starts its fall-winter prescribed-fire program next week within the Lake Tahoe basin.

The first operation is planned for Monday near the Pioneer Trail and Al Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. About nine acres are to be burned over a one- or two-day period.

Forest Service officials reported that they try to provide adequate advance notice before burning, but they warned that some operations could be carried out on short notice.

“Prescribed fire is an important tool used to maintain forest health and reduce fuels that could feed future wildfires,” Forest Service Fire Chief Kit Bailey said in a news release. She said the prescribed program enables managers to better protect the community and natural resources by reducing potential for wildfire.

“We are sensitive to the fact that smoke has an impact on people, especially those with respiratory conditions and allergies,” Bailey said. “We make every effort to conduct operations during weather patterns that carry smoke out of the basin.”

Look for updates via the fire information line, (530) 543-2600, ext. 6. To receive notifications, email

–Barbara Barte Osborn

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