Prescribed fire operations begin next week on Spooner Summit

Release Date: Feb 1, 2013  

Contact(s): Public Affairs, Cheva Heck (530) 543-2608, or Lisa Herron (530) 543-2815

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit logoU.S. Forest Service fuels management crews will conduct prescribed fire operations on Spooner Summit beginning Tuesday, February 5, 2013.  Crews expect to burn approximately 10 acres per day, weather permitting.  Operations will continue through the week as weather and conditions allow.

Residents and visitors can expect to see smoke from this prescribed fire project area.  Smoke may be visible on U.S. Highway 50.  The Forest Service strives to minimize the impacts of smoke on local communities.  Smoke-sensitive residents should consider staying indoors and keeping doors, windows and outside vents closed.  To directly receive prescribed fire updates, send an email to

Forest Service staff will post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, and update the local fire information line at (530) 543-2600, #6.  Other federal, state and local fire management agencies may also be conducting prescribed fire work during this period.

For more information, visit our website at  To learn more about the efforts to reduce catastrophic wildfire risks in the Tahoe Basin read the Lake Tahoe Basin Multi-jurisdictional Fuel Reduction Plan found at PDF link:  You may download the Adobe Reader for free by following this link to the Adobe web site.

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