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April 17, 2012
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Forest Service plans Markleeville burn

The U.S. Forest Service is getting ready to implement a planned burn near Grover's Hot Spring State Park, west of Markleeville.

This controlled burn may be implemented in the upcoming week.

"Prescribed fire is an efficient way of removing woody debris, providing ecosystem benefits, and reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire and risk to firefighters in the event of a large scale fire," said District Fuels Specialist Steve Howell.

Approximately 33 acres of understory vegetation will be treated to reduce build-up of trees and brush that can cause more intense wildland fires.

"This project is part of a larger effort to reduce the forest fuels around these communities in Alpine County that could be at risk for large wildfires," Howell said.

Fire crews are currently monitoring weather conditions to identify timeframes that would be suitable for effective prescribed burning of brush and understory vegetation. This controlled burn will only be implemented when specific weather conditions permit.

Visitors and residents can expect to see smoke when the controlled burn occurs. Delays in travel may be experienced near the controlled burn area near Markleeville.

This project may have some short-term impacts on air quality levels, but air quality levels will comply with all State and Federal air quality regulations. Any burning activity will be accomplished during weather conditions that would minimize impacts of smoke on communities. All burning is done within parameters set forth in an approved burn plan and conform to the Great Basin Air Quality Management District standards.

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The Record Courier Updated Apr 18, 2012 11:46AM Published Apr 17, 2012 07:49PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.