Controlled burns proposed for Tahoe |

Controlled burns proposed for Tahoe

Staff Reports

Controlled burns will begin across the Lake Tahoe basin this week as cooler and wetter weather arrives.

North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts, California State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service will conduct prescribed fire operations next week in multiple locations around the Lake Tahoe Basin. Operations may take place near Incline Village, Tahoe City, Meyers, Stateline and Zephyr Cove. Operations may continue over the next several weeks as conditions allow.

Fall and winter bring cooler temperatures and precipitation, which favor prescribed burning. Each prescribed fire operation follows a 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 Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team will give as much advance notice as possible before burning, but some operations may be conducted on short notice.

Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the project size and environmental conditions. Agencies coordinate with state and local county air pollution control districts and monitor weather conditions closely prior to prescribed fire ignition. They wait for favorable conditions that will carry smoke up and out of the Basin. Crews also conduct test burns before igniting a larger area, to verify how effectively fuels are consumed how smoke will travel.

Before prescribed fire operations are conducted, agencies post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, send email notifications and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2816. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to For more information on prescribed fire operations and smoke management tips, visit

The fall 2015 nonagricultural open burning period for the East Fork Fire Protection District began on Saturday and will continue through Dec. 13.

Burn permits are required, and are available at any fire station within the East Fork Fire Protection District, at the East Fork Fire Protection District’s administrative office located at 1694 County Road or the Minden Inn located at 1594 Esmeralda Ave. Regulations may also be downloaded and printed from the East Fork Fire Protection District’s website at

Those who are burning must call every day to make sure burning is allowed.