2021 Prescribed Fire Activity

Activity Update for 04/05/2021  

April 5, 2021 - Weather and conditions permitting, the Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team will continue prescribed fire operations this week at Lake Tahoe. Smoke may be visible. A map with project locations and detailed information is available for viewing at tahoelivingwithfire.com. Sign-up to receive email prescribed fire notifications by sending a request to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Read the press release at https://go.usa.gov/xHCks.

Activity Update for 03/29/2021  

March 29, 2021 - Prescribed fire operations will continue this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin, conditions and weather permitting. Smoke may be visible. A map with project locations and detailed information is available for viewing at tahoelivingwithfire.com. Sign-up to receive email prescribed fire notifications by sending a request to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Read the press release at https://go.usa.gov/xsh4t.

Activity Update for 03/22/2021  

March 22, 2021 - Members of the Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team (TFFT) will continue prescribed fire operations this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin, conditions and weather permitting. Smoke may be visible. A map with project locations and detailed information is available for viewing at tahoelivingwithfire.com. Sign-up to receive email prescribed fire notifications by sending a request to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Read the press release at https://go.usa.gov/xsMBf.

Activity Update for 03/15/2021  

March 15, 2021 - The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team will continue prescribed fire operations this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin, conditions and weather permitting. Smoke may be visible. A map with project locations and detailed information is available for viewing at tahoelivingwithfire.com. Sign-up to receive email prescribed fire notifications by sending a request to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Read the press release at https://go.usa.gov/xsGar.

Activity Update for 03/08/2021  

March 8, 2021 - Conditions and weather permitting, the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team will continue prescribed fire operations this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Smoke may be visible. A map with project locations and detailed information is available for viewing at tahoelivingwithfire.com. Sign-up to receive email prescribed fire notifications by sending a request to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Read the press release at https://go.usa.gov/xsmsE.

Activity Update for 03/01/2021  

March 1, 2021 - The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team, which includes local, state and federal agencies, will continue prescribed fire operations this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin, conditions and weather permitting. Smoke may be visible. A map with project locations and detailed information is available for viewing at tahoelivingwithfire.com. Sign-up to receive email prescribed fire notifications by sending a request to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Read the press release at https://go.usa.gov/xsNrd.

Activity Update for 02/22/2021  

Feb. 22, 2021 - North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts and the USDA Forest Service will continue prescribed fire operations this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin, conditions and weather permitting. Smoke may be visible. A map with project locations and detailed information is available for viewing at tahoelivingwithfire.com. Sign-up to receive email prescribed fire notifications by sending a request to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Read the press release at https://go.usa.gov/xsZXP.

Activity Update for 02/16/2021  

Feb. 16, 2021 - Conditions and weather permitting, Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team members, North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts, will continue prescribed fire operations this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Smoke may be visible. A map with project locations and detailed information is available for viewing at tahoelivingwithfire.com. Sign-up to receive email prescribed fire notifications by sending a request to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Read the news release at https://go.usa.gov/xs29f.

Activity Update for 02/08/2021  

Feb. 8, 2021 - The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT), which consists of federal, local, state and tribal land managers, will continue prescribed fire operations this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin, conditions and weather permitting. Smoke may be visible. A map with project locations and detailed information is available for viewing at https://www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/. Sign-up to receive email prescribed fire notifications by sending a request to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Read the press release at https://go.usa.gov/xAscq.

Activity Update for 01/25/2021  

Jan. 25, 2021 - Weather and conditions permitting, the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team will continue widespread prescribed fire operations this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Smoke may be visible. A map with project locations and detailed information is available for viewing at https://www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/. Sign-up to receive email prescribed fire notifications by sending a request to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Read the press release at https://go.usa.gov/xAscq.

Activity Update for 01/19/2021  

Jan. 19, 2021 - The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team will continue widespread prescribed fire operations this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin, if conditions and weather allow. Smoke may be visible. A map with project locations and detailed information is available for viewing at https://www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/. Sign-up to receive email prescribed fire notifications by sending a request to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Read the press release at https://go.usa.gov/xAwK7.

Activity Update for 01/11/2021  

Jan. 11, 2021 - Conditions and weather permitting, the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team will conduct widespread prescribed fire operations this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Smoke may be visible. A map with project locations and detailed information is available for viewing at https://www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/. Sign-up to receive email prescribed fire notifications by sending a request to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Read the press release at https://go.usa.gov/xAUHP.


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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