Current Prescribed Fire Activity for 2020

Activity Update for 06/01/2020  

Friday, May 29, 2020. - Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) member, California State Parks, is planning to conduct an understory burn in Sugar Pine Point State Park beginning Monday, June 1, 2020, weather permitting. Smoke may be visible. View map with project locations/details at www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/ and sign-up for prescribed fire notifications by sending an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us

Activity Update for 05/11/2020  

Friday, May 8, 2020. - Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) member, California State Parks, is planning to conduct understory burns at Sugar Pine Point State Park on Tahoe’s West Shore on May 11 and May 18, 2020, weather permitting. Smoke may be visible. View map with project locations/details at www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/ and sign-up for prescribed fire notifications by sending an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us

Activity Update for 03/30/2020  

Thursday, April 30, 2020. - The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) has resumed prescribed fire operations in the Tahoe Basin. California State Parks is conducting operations at Burton Creek State Park on Tahoe’s northwest shore and will continue over the next three weeks, weather permitting. Smoke may be visible. View map with project locations/details at www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/ and sign-up for prescribed fire notifications by sending an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us

Activity Update for 03/03/2020  

Tuesday, March 03, 2020. - The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT), which includes local, state and federal land management agencies, will continue prescribed fire operations in the Tahoe Basin over the next several weeks, weather permitting. Smoke may be visible. View map with project locations/details at www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/ and sign-up for prescribed fire notifications by sending an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us

Activity Update for 02/20/2020  

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. - Weather, conditions and staffing permitted, the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) will continue prescribed fire operations at Lake Tahoe over the next several weeks. Smoke may be visible. View a map with project locations and details at www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us

Activity Update for 02/03/2020  

Monday, Feb. 03, 2020. - Members of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT), which includes local, state and federal land management agencies, will continue prescribed fire operations over the next several weeks in the Tahoe Basin as conditions, staffing and weather allow. Smoke may be visible. View a map with project locations and details at www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Keep in mind that operations only take place when weather, conditions and staffing allow.

Activity Update for 01/16/2020  

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. - Weather permitting, the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team will continue prescribed fire operations over the next several weeks in the Tahoe Basin. View a map with project locations and details http://tahoe.livingwithfire.info/get-informed/. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Keep in mind that operations only take place when weather, conditions and staffing allow.

Activity Update for 01/07/2020  

Tuesday, Jan. 07, 2020. - Members of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team, which includes local, state and federal fire and land management agencies, may continue prescribed fire operations in the Tahoe Basin over the next few weeks, weather permitting. View a map with project locations and details at http://tahoe.livingwithfire.info/get-informed/. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Keep in mind that operations only take place when weather, conditions and staffing allow.

Activity Update for 12/19/2019  

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. - Members of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team, which includes local, state and federal fire and land management agencies, may continue prescribed fire operations in the Tahoe Basin over the next few weeks, weather permitting. View a map with project locations and details at http://tahoe.livingwithfire.info/get-informed/. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Keep in mind that operations only take place when weather, conditions and staffing allow.

Activity Update for 12/02/2019  

Monday, Dec. 02, 2019. - North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts, along with California State Parks, California Tahoe Conservancy and the USDA Forest Service may continue prescribed fire operations over the next few weeks in the Tahoe Basin, weather, conditions and staffing permitted. A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at http://tahoe.livingwithfire.info/get-informed/. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Keep in mind that operations only take place when weather, conditions and staffing allow.

Activity Update for 11/25/2019  

Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. - North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts, along with California State Parks, California Tahoe Conservancy and the USDA Forest Service may continue prescribed fire operations over the next few weeks in the Tahoe Basin, weather, conditions and staffing permitted. A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at http://tahoe.livingwithfire.info/get-informed/. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Keep in mind that operations only take place when weather, conditions and staffing allow.

Activity Update for 11/11/2019  

Thursday, Nov. 07, 2019. - – If weather and conditions permit, North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts, along with California State Parks may continue prescribed fire operations over the next several weeks in the Tahoe Basin. A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at http://tahoe.livingwithfire.info/get-informed/. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Keep in mind that operations only take place when weather, conditions and staffing allow.

Activity Update for 10/21/2019  

Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. - North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and California State Parks may continue prescribed fire operations over the next several weeks in the Tahoe Basin, if weather and conditions permit. A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at http://tahoe.livingwithfire.info/get-informed/. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us.  Keep in mind that operations only take place when weather, conditions and staffing allow.

 

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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