Glenbrook, NV…U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews continued prescribed fire operations above Glenbrook, Nev., today, February 20, 2013. Crews burned approximately 100 acres yesterday, and have completed the ignition of the remaining 35 acres today. Operations may continue through the end of the week as weather and conditions allow.
Yesterday, smoke impacts to the Basin were light with most of the smoke carried east by the wind. Today, the wind changed direction and smoke is impacting Glenbrook residents on the East Shore of Lake Tahoe. Smoky conditions are expected to last through the rest of today and tonight with anticipated clearing tomorrow, February 21, 2013. Basin residents and visitors may see a significant amount of smoke rising from the project area. Smoke may be visible on U.S. Highway 50 and Highway 28. The Forest Service strives to minimize the impacts of smoke on local communities. Smoke-sensitive residents should consider staying indoors and keeping doors, windows and outside vents closed. To directly receive prescribed fire updates, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forest Service staff will post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, and update the local fire information line at (530) 543-2600, #6. Other federal, state and local fire management agencies may also be conducting prescribed fire work during this period.
For more information, visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu. To learn more about the efforts to reduce catastrophic wildfire risks in the Tahoe Basin read the Lake Tahoe Basin Multi-jurisdictional Fuel Reduction Plan found at http://fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsm9_045864.pdf.
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