2022 Prescribed Fire Operations

Activity Update for 04/12/2022

April 12, 2022 - The Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team may continue burning piles this week on Lake Tahoe’s northwest shore, weather permitting. Smoke will be present. Prescribed fire operations are expected to continue this spring as conditions allow to help land managers reduce hazardous fuels that can feed unwanted wildfires. A map with project locations and details is available at Tahoe Living With Fire. To be added to the Prescribed Fire Notification list, email us.

Activity Update for 03/28/2022

March 28, 2022 - Conditions and weather permitting, the Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team will continue burning piles this week around Lake Tahoe. Prescribed fire operations are expected to continue this spring as conditions allow to help land managers reduce hazardous fuels that can feed unwanted wildfires. Smoke will be present. A map with project locations and details is available at Tahoe Living With Fire. To be added to the Prescribed Fire Notification list, email us.

Activity Update for 03/21/2022

March 21, 2022 - The Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team may continue burning piles this week around the Lake Tahoe Basin, conditions and weather permitting. These prescribed fire operations are expected to continue as conditions allow to help land managers reduce hazardous fuels that can feed unwanted wildfires. Smoke will be present. A map with project locations and details is available at Tahoe Living With Fire. To be added to the Prescribed Fire Notification list, email us.

Activity Update for 03/14/2022

March 14, 2022 - Depending on favorable conditions and weather, the Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team may continue widespread prescribed fire operations this week around the Lake Tahoe Basin. These prescribed fires are expected to continue as conditions allow to help land managers reduce hazardous fuels that can feed unwanted wildfires. Smoke will be present. A map with project locations and details is available at Tahoe Living With Fire. To be added to the Prescribed Fire Notification list, email us.

Activity Update for 03/07/2022

March 7, 2022 – The Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team will continue widespread prescribed fire operations this week around the Lake Tahoe Basin, weather and conditions permitting. These prescribed fires are expected to continue throughout the winter season to help land managers reduce hazardous fuels that can feed unwanted wildfires. Smoke will be present. A map with project locations and details is available at Tahoe Living With Fire. To be added to the Prescribed Fire Notification list, email us.

Activity Update for 02/28/2022

Feb. 28, 2022 – Depending on favorable conditions, the Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team will continue prescribed fire operations this week around the Lake Tahoe Basin. These prescribed fires are expected to continue throughout the winter season to help land managers reduce hazardous fuels that can feed unwanted wildfires. Smoke will be present. A map with project locations and details is available at Tahoe Living With Fire. To be added to the Prescribed Fire Notification list, email us.

Activity Update for 02/22/2022

Feb. 22, 2022 - he Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team will continue prescribed fire operations around Lake Tahoe this week as conditions and weather allow. These prescribed fires are expected to continue throughout the winter season to help land managers reduce hazardous fuels that can feed unwanted wildfires. Smoke will be present. A map with project locations and details is available at Tahoe Living With Fire. To be added to the Prescribed Fire Notification list, email us.

Activity Update for 02/14/2022

Feb. 14, 2022 – Weather and conditions permitting, the Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team is scheduled to continue prescribed fire operations this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Operations are expected to continue throughout the winter season to help land managers reduce hazardous fuels that can feed unwanted wildfires. Smoke will be present. A map with project locations and details is available at Tahoe Living With Fire. To be added to the Prescribed Fire Notification list, email us.

Activity Update for 02/07/2022

Feb. 7, 2022 – If conditions are favorable, the Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team is scheduled to continue prescribed fire operations this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Operations are expected to continue throughout the winter season to help land managers reduce hazardous fuels that can feed unwanted wildfires. Smoke will be present. A map with project locations and details is available at Tahoe Living With Fire. To be added to the Prescribed Fire Notification list, email us.

Please note: 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. About the TFFT

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. 

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