Current Prescribed Fire Activity for 2018

Activity Update for 04/16/2018

Monday, April 16, 2018. - Weather permitting, the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT), which includes local, state and federal agencies, will continue prescribed fire operations this week around the Tahoe Basin.  The North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts, California State Parks, California Tahoe Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service will conduct prescribed fire operations in Sugar Pine Point and Burton Creek state parks on the West Shore, Kings Beach and Diamond Peak Ski Resort on the North Shore, Logan Shoals on the East Shore and on Kingsbury Grade, off Ski Run Boulevard and near the Golden Bear subdivision on the South Shore.  Smoke may be present.  A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at http://www.tahoefft.org. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us

Activity Update for 04/09/2018

Monday, April 9, 2018. - The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT), which includes local, state and federal agencies, will continue prescribed fire operations this week around the Lake Tahoe Basin.  Weather and conditions permitting, the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, California State Parks, California Tahoe Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service will continue prescribed fire operations in Sugar Pine Point and Burton Creek state parks on the West Shore, Carnelian Bay and Kings Beach on the North Shore, Logan Shoals on the East Shore and on Kingsbury Grade and off Ski Run Boulevard on the South Shore.  Smoke may be present.  A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at http://www.tahoefft.org. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us

Activity Update for 02/26/2018

Monday, February 26, 2018. - Members of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT), which includes local, state and federal agencies, will continue prescribed fire operations this week in multiple locations around the Tahoe Basin, weather permitting.  North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts, California Tahoe Conservancy and U.S. Forest Service operations will take place near General Creek west of Tahoma, Brockway Summit above Kings Beach, West 1st Creek in Incline Village, from Logan Shoals to Spooner Summit, on Kingsbury Grade near Edgewood Creek, the south end of Fallen Leaf Lake and off Fountain Place Road in South Lake Tahoe.  Smoke may be present.  A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at http://www.tahoefft.org.  To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us

Activity Update for 02/21/2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018. - Members of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT), which includes local, state and federal agencies, will continue prescribed fire operations this week in numerous locations around Lake Tahoe.  Weather permitting, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District and U.S. Forest Service operations will take place on Brockway Summit above Kings Beach, from Logan Shoals to Spooner Summit, on Kingsbury Grade near Edgewood Creek, the south end of Fallen Leaf Lake, above Pioneer Trail off Fountain Place Road and near Big Meadow off Hwy 89 South.  Smoke may be present.  A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at http://www.tahoefft.org.  To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us

Activity Update for 02/12/2018

Monday, February 12, 2018. - The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT), which includes local, state and federal agencies, may continue prescribed fire operations this week in some locations around Lake Tahoe, weather and conditions permitting.  Smoke may be present.  A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at http://www.tahoefft.org.  To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us

Activity Update for 02/05/2018

Monday, February 5, 2018. - The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT), which includes local, state and federal agencies, may continue prescribed fire operations this week in some locations around Lake Tahoe, weather and conditions permitting.  Smoke may be present.  A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at http://www.tahoefft.org.  To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us

Activity Update for 01/17/2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018. - The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT), which includes local, state and federal agencies, will continue prescribed fire operations this week in multiple locations around Lake Tahoe, weather permitting.  Smoke may be present.  A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at http://www.tahoefft.org.  To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us.   

Activity Update for 01/08/2018

Monday, January 08, 2018. - The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT), which includes local, state and federal agencies, may continue prescribed fire operations this week in multiple locations around Lake Tahoe, weather permitting.  Smoke may be present.  A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at http://www.tahoefft.org.  To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us

Activity Update for 01/02/2018

Tuesday, January 02, 2018. - Weather permitting, the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) may conduct prescribed fire operations this week on the north end of Lake Tahoe.  Smoke may be present.  A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at http://www.tahoefft.org.  To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us

Please note:  These planned burns are subject to change without notice due to weather conditions and smoke impact to communities.

Prescribed Fire Information and Smoke Management Tips

Prescribed fire operations at Lake Tahoe are conducted by the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT). The TFFT consists of representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies, CAL FIRE, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, University of California and Nevada Cooperative Extensions, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the U.S. 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 engaging the public in becoming a Fire Adapted Community. For more information about the TFFT, visit www.tahoefft.org.

When weather and conditions allow, prescribed fire operations are conducted to reduce overgrown vegetation, which helps decrease the severity of future wildland fires, protects communities, reduces the risk of insect and disease outbreaks in our forests, recycles nutrients that increases soil productivity and improves wildlife habitat.  After nearly a century of fire exclusion in the Sierra Nevada, prescribed fire operations also re-introduce fire back onto the landscape, which helps restores vital ecosystem functions and improves forest health and resiliency.

Winter brings cooler temperatures and precipitation, which favor prescribed burning.  Each prescribed fire operation follows a specialized 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 TFFT coordinates closely with local county and state air pollution control districts and monitor weather conditions carefully prior to prescribed fire ignitions.  They wait for favorable conditions that will carry smoke up and out of the basin.  Crews also conduct test burns before igniting larger areas, to verify how effectively fuels are consumed and how smoke will travel.  When conditions meet the prescription, state and local air pollution control districts issue a burn permit allowing operations to proceed. 

Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the project size and environmental conditions.  Prescribed fire smoke is generally less intense and of much shorter duration than smoke produced by a wildland fire.  Smoke sensitive individuals are encouraged to reduce their exposure by staying indoors if they are in a smoke affected area. 

Before prescribed fire operations are conducted, the TFFT posts road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, sends email notifications and updates the local fire information line at 530-543-2816.  The TFFT gives as much advance notice as possible before burning, but some operations may be conducted on short notice. 

For information about smoke management tips, visit https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=topics.smoke_events.  

To learn more about the efforts to reduce wildfire risks in the Tahoe Basin, please read the updated Lake Tahoe Basin Multi-Jurisdictional Fuel Reduction and Wildfire Prevention StrategPDF link:  You may download the Adobe Reader for free by following this link to the Adobe web site.

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