Authorities cancel prescibed burns on Lake Tahoe’s California shores

The U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has canceled three of the four prescribed fire operations it had planned for Wednesday on all four shores surrounding Lake Tahoe.

Because the California Air Resource Board currently has no burn days in place, prescribed burns will be conducted only on the Nevada side of the lake, said Lisa Herron, a public affairs specialist with the unit.

Prescribed burns will take place at Spooner Summit on the lake’s east shore, where crews plan to burn one to two acres per day through the weekend and into the next week.

Canceled are similar-sized operations on the south shore near Pioneer Trail and Al Tahoe Boulevard, on the west shore in Blackwood Canyon, and on Bunker Drive near Tahoe City on the north shore.

A prescribed burn also has been scheduled to begin Saturday north of Zephyr Cove on the lake’s east shore, across Highway 50 from the Skyland subdivision.

Conditions permitting, crews will burn one to five acres a day at that site and expect to continue operations into next week, Heron said.

The operations will remain small until the basin receives regular periods of rain and snow, she said.

Smoke will be visible, although the Forest Service strives to minimize the effects of smoke on local communities, officials said in a news release.

They advised smoke-sensitive residents and visitors near the prescribed burns to consider staying indoors and keeping doors, windows and outside vents closed.