Forest thinning project closes 340 acres near Tahoe’s Kings Beach

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 - 1:25 pm

The U.S. Forest Service will close a 340-acre area near Kings Beach for tree thinning every day from Tuesday through Oct. 15, as it conducts a 3,330-acre fuel reduction project on Lake Tahoe’s north shore.

The closure, for public safety due to heavy equipment usage and falling trees, will be from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily.

However, hazards may be present even when operations have ended for the day and the closure is not in effect, officials warned in a news release. Anyone disregarding the closure order may be cited, resulting in fines and jail time, they said.

The 340 acres, which are north of Kings Beach’s Speckled Avenue on the east side of Brockway Summit, will have signs to indicate the location of thinning operations.

The current work is the first stage of the Carnelian Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration Project, which encompasses 3,330 acres at north Tahoe to reduce the risk of severe wildfire, improve forest health and provide defensible space to neighboring communities.

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