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Prescribed Burning Season Begins Soon

With the turn of the season comes the change in focus from wildfires to prescribed fires in the Tahoe National Forest. The plan between now and the spring is to burn more than 5,000 acres, as a way to reduce the overgrowth and vegetation that creates the fuel load. Fire and fuels specialist Jennifer Hinckley, at the Forest Service Nevada City office, says that includes about 800 acres off Highway 20…

click to listen to Jennifer Hinckley

Hinckley says more controlled burns are planned this season, because of the heavier vegetation that grew from last year’s stormy winter. And it’s safer to burn when it’s not as dry. She says the increase in forest fires also has historical roots…

click to listen to Jennifer Hinckley

Hinckley says she anticipates prescribed burns off Highway 20 will begin in a couple of weeks, depending on conditions. She says we still need more rain to make them safe, plus enough available firefighters to monitor them. And since wind direction can be unpredictable, notification usually isn’t made until the night before, or the morning of, a burn.

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