Foresthill, California - The American River Ranger District on the Tahoe National Forest will discontinue implementation of most planned prescribed burning projects effective immediately. Persistent dry and warm weather and an early onset of spring/summer forest fuel moisture levels have increased the risk of exceeding desired prescribed fire intensity and fuel consumption targets beyond acceptable levels. The Forest Service will resume prescribed burning if conditions become favorable, and will continue to reduce dense stands of trees and brush using mechanical thinning and hand removal of vegetation. All of these methods are important tools in reducing the size and frequency of high intensity wildfires, and promote forest health.
The Forest Service has restricted motorized use by off-highway vehicles such as ATVs and motorcycles in the Sugar Pine OHV area on the American River Ranger District just outside of the community of Foresthill. The town of Foresthill has received over 14.3 inches of rain since October 2014. This closure went into effect December 03, 2014 and will remain in place until conditions dry sufficiently to protect all resources when motorized use resumes.
The Western States Trail is closed from the east side of Deadwood Ridge at the well and across the canyon up to the Pacific Slab Mine. The closure is temporary as the logging on Deadwood Ridge progresses. The closure will last approximately one month. Updates will be available on the American River Ranger District phone recording.
With the onset of wet weather, the Tahoe National Forest initiates prescribed burns that will occur throughout the fall, winter, and spring as conditions allow.
Prescribed burns may be underburns, where standing brush or small diameter trees are burned underneath the canopy of larger trees, or they may be pile burns, where vegetation has been previously stacked during thinning operations. The Forest Service only initiates prescribed fire when conditions are within the right weather "prescription," including humidity, temperature, and wind speed and direction. Moisture levels within the vegetation itself are also considered. Forest Service fire managers work diligently with air quality management districts to minimize smoke impacts to communities.
For questions concerning prescribed burn dates, sizes, or locations, please contact your local ranger district office.
The Deep Creek Road (#89-015) off Hwy 89 south, near Goose Meadows campground, is closed for resource protection Aug. 19 to Sept. 15, 2014, and from Nov. 1, 2014, to Sept. 15, 2015. This is per Forest Order # 17-14-05.
Regional Foresters and Forest Supervisors may issue orders that will close or restrict the use of certain areas if the need arises. Such orders will be posted so that visitors to the National Forest can reasonably be expected to be familiar with them. Copies of the orders will be available in the offices of Forest Supervisors and District Rangers. Follow the link listed above to view and read the Forest Orders.