CATNF TNF Eastside Pileburn Projects


Last updated: 2023-12-19

The type of incident is Prescribed Fire and involves the following unit(s) Tahoe National Forest.

State: California


Latitude: 39° 26 46 Longitude: 120° 12 54

NOTE: All fire perimeters and points are approximations.

Incident Overview: The Sierraville & Truckee Ranger Districts (eastside of the forest) will be conducting a variety of planned prescribed pileburns as conditions allow. Project dates, locations, acreage numbers and updates will be posted in the “Announcements” tab of this incident page. Why Are We Burning?The goal of this prescribed burn is to decrease the existing fire hazard and to prevent and reduce the impact of future fires in the area. Other benefits include enhancing wildlife habitat and reintroducing fire into a fire-adapted ecosystem.Why Now?Current conditions allow for 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 National Forest strives to give as much advance notice as possible before burning, but some operations may be conducted on short notice.SmokeSmoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the project size and environmental conditions. Smoke may settle into the valleys in the evening and lift in the morning. The Tahoe National Forest coordinates with state and local county air pollution control districts and monitors weather conditions closely prior to prescribed fire ignition. Crews also conduct test burns before igniting a larger area, to verify how effectively fuels are consumed and how smoke will travel. 

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