Widespread Prescribed Fire Operations To Be Conducted At Lake Tahoe

Fire PIT Logo FinalSouth Lake Tahoe, Calif. – North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts, California State Parks, and the U.S. Forest Service will conduct prescribed fire operations next week in multiple locations around the Lake Tahoe Basin. Operations may take place near Incline Village, Tahoe City, Meyers, Stateline, and Zephyr Cove. Operations may continue over the next several weeks as conditions allow.

Fall and winter bring cooler temperatures and precipitation, which favor prescribed burning. Each prescribed fire 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) will give 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 and environmental conditions. Agencies coordinate with state and local county air pollution control districts and monitor 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 prescribed fire operations are conducted, agencies post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, send email notifications, and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2816. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. For more information on prescribed fire operations and smoke management tips, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/RxFireOps.

Project Information:

  • Project Name:  East Second Creek (ES-2/ES-5)
  • Responsible Agency/Contact:  North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Isaac Powning 775-233-0936
  • Legal Location:  Various
  • Descriptive Location:  East Side of Second Creek Drainage
  • Type of burn:  Hand Piles
  • Total Acreage:  9
  • Planned Ignition:  10/28/2015 and continuing as conditions permit
  • Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production:  2 days of burn down time, each unit
  • Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel:  North/Northeast
  • Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas:  Smoke may be visible throughout Tahoe Basin and surrounding communities.

 

  • Project Name:  Apollo (A-1/A-2)
  • Responsible Agency/Contact:  North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Isaac Powning 775-233-0936
  • Legal Location:  Various
  • Descriptive Location:  East Side of Third Creek Drainage
  • Type of burn:  Hand Piles
  • Total Acreage:  16
  • Planned Ignition:  10/28/2015 and continuing as conditions permit
  • Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production:  2 days of burn down time, each unit
  • Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel:  North/Northeast
  • Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas:  Smoke may be visible throughout Tahoe Basin and surrounding communities. 

 

  • Project Name:  Elks Point 3 Fuels Reduction Project
  • Responsible Agency/Contact:  Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, Eric Guevin 775-588-3591
  • Legal Location:  T13 R18 S03
  • Descriptive Location:  Douglas County Zephyr Cove Park near Warrior Way
  • Type of burn:  Understory
  • Total Acreage:  8
  • Planned Ignition:  10/26 – 27/2015
  • Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production:  7 Days
  • Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel:  North/Northeast
  • Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas:  Smoke may be visible from Spooner Summit to Stateline NV. Smoke may be present at Highway 50 near Warrior Way during morning hours.

 

  • Project Name:  Friday’s Station Fuels Reduction Project
  • Responsible Agency/Contact:  Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, Eric Guevin 775-588-3591
  • Legal Location: 
  • Descriptive Location:  Stateline, NV near Hwy 50 and Kingsbury
  • Type of burn:  Pile Burn
  • Total Acreage:  25
  • Planned Ignition:  10/26 – 30/2015
  • Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production:  2 weeks
  • Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel:  North/Northeast
  • Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas:  Stateline and Lower Kingsbury

 

  • Project Name:  Burton Creek State Park, Plot A
  • Responsible Agency/Contact:  California State Parks, Rich Adams 530-525-9533
  • Legal Location:  T16N, R17E, Sec 31
  • Descriptive Location:  Three-quarters of a mile north of Rocky Ridge, in Burton Creek State Park
  • Type of burn:  Understory Burn
  • Total Acreage:  22
  • Planned Ignition:  Operations began  10/15/2015
  • Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production:  1 week of burn down time
  • Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel:  Northeast
  • Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas:  Tahoe City, Lake Forest, Highlands, Dollar Hill

 

  • Project Name:  Burton Creek State Park, Plot B
  • Responsible Agency/Contact:  California State Parks, Rich Adams 530-525-9533
  • Legal Location:  T16N, R17E, Sec 31
  • Descriptive Location:  One-half mile north of Rocky Ridge, in Burton Creek State Park
  • Type of burn:  Understory Burn
  • Total Acreage:  81
  • Planned Ignition:  Operations began 10/19 – 22/2015
  • Duration of Ignition and Smoke Production:  1 week of burn down time
  • Estimated Direction of Smoke Travel:  Northeast
  • Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas:  Tahoe City, Lake Forest, Highlands, Dollar Hill

 

  • Project Name:  Grass lake ULM
  • Responsible Agency/Contact:  U.S. Forest Service, Kyle Jacobson (530) 543-2658
  • Legal Location:  11N, 18E, Sec. 8, 17
  • Descriptive Location:  Hwy 89/Grass Lake Rd
  • Type of burn:  Hand Piles
  • Total Acreage: 122
  • Planned Ignition:  Operations began 10/17/2015 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  Meyers, Christmas Valley and Echo Summit

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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