State, feds announce burn plans |

State, feds announce burn plans

Staff Reports
A firefighter tends to a prescribed fire near Kingsbury Grade in December 2011.
Dylan Silver | Tahoe Daily Tribune file photo

Nearly 300 acres on state and U.S. Forest Service land will see prescribed burns in the mountains around Carson Valley during November.

The Nevada Division of Forestry will be conducting prescribed burns in North Canyon, near Spooner Lake, in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park backcountry throughout the month, weather permitting, state officials said Tuesday.

Signs will be posted throughout the area when burns are being conducted. Nearly 150 acres will be treated in five separate treatment units.

Weather patterns will be monitored for smoke management prior to and during burns. The timing of the burns depends on optimum weather conditions and steps will be made to minimize the impact on park visitors.

Three project areas near Carson Valley have been scheduled for pile burning on the Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National.

Burn areas include 88 acres near the old Clear Creek Highway and Spooner Summit, 40 acres near Markleeville and 10 acres behind Jobs Peak Estates.

“Pile burning is an efficient way of removing woody debris and forest litter, while providing ecosystem benefits, and reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire and risk to firefighters in the event of a large-scale fire,” said Steve Howell, Carson Ranger District fuels specialist. “Benefits of these burns will also improve forest health and wildlife habitat.”

Fire personnel are currently monitoring weather conditions to identify optimal timeframes for effective prescribed burning conditions, officials said. Prescribed burn notices have been posted near homes near the project area notifying them about the upcoming prescribed burn. Visitors and residents can expect to see smoke when the burns are occurring, he said.

“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,” he said. “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 location’s respective county’s and state’s Air Quality District.”

Officials asked visitors to stay out of the area due to prescribed burning activities and equipment working near the burn.

Residents can expect to see and smell smoke during the burning activities.