Current Prescribed Fire Activity for 2018

Activity Update for 12/03/2018

Friday, November 30, 2018. - Weather permitting, California State Parks, California Tahoe Conservancy, North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts and the U.S. Forest Service may continue prescribed fire operations over the next several weeks in multiple locations around Lake Tahoe. 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 11/26/2018

Wednesday, November 21, 2018. - Weather permitting, California State Parks, North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts and the U.S. Forest Service may continue prescribed fire operations over the next several weeks in multiple locations around Lake Tahoe. 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 10/23/2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018. - California State Parks, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District and the U.S. Forest Service will continue prescribed fire operations over the next several weeks in multiple locations around Lake Tahoe. Operations may take place near Glenbrook on the East Shore; near Heavenly Mountain Resort’s Boulder and California lodges, near Twin Peaks and in Baldwin Meadow on the South Shore; in D.L. Bliss and Burton Creek state parks and near Rubicon Estates on the West Shore; and on urban lots in Kings Beach on the North Shore. Keep in mind that operations only take place when weather, conditions and staffing allow. 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. Read more about these operations at https://go.usa.gov/xPyNt.

Activity Update for 10/23/2018

Monday, October 22, 2018. - Weather and conditions permitting, California State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service will continue the fall prescribed fire program with operations in D.L. Bliss State Park on the West Shore tomorrow, October 23, 2018, and in Baldwin Meadow on the south end of Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, October 24. Smoke will likely be present. Both of these operations will involve understory burning, which is explained below. 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. Read more about these operations at https://go.usa.gov/xPQFm.

Activity Update for 10/17/2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018. - Weather and conditions permitting, California State Parks and the USDA Forest Service may conduct prescribed fire operations in Sugar Pine Point State Park on the West Shore and near Twin Peaks on the South Shore beginning today, October 17, 2018. Smoke will likely 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. Read more about these operations at https://go.usa.gov/xPRZ9

Activity Update for 10/11/2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018. - The Lake Tahoe Basin Fall Prescribed Fire Program will begin as early as this week under the management of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team, which includes local, state and federal fire and land management agencies. Weather and conditions permitting, California State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) may begin prescribed fire operations in Angora Highlands, near Heavenly Mountain Resort, in Tahoma near Rubicon Bay and in Burton Creek, D.L. Bliss and Sugar Pine Point state parks. Smoke will likely 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. Read more about the fall prescribed fire program at https://go.usa.gov/xPXqc.

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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