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 the local ranger district office.