Forest Service burning near Heavenly this week |

Forest Service burning near Heavenly this week

Staff Reports

The U.S. Forest Service will continue prescribed fire operations this week in areas on the south end of Lake Tahoe. If conditions are favorable, operations may take place starting Tuesday on urban lots near Heavenly Mountain Resort and off South Upper Truckee near Highway 89 South in Christmas Valley. Operations will continue as conditions allow. To view a map with the project location and details, visit the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team website at

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 TFFT gives 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 and 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