In The News – Lake Tahoe Fall prescribed fire program may begin next week
September 21, 2023 | Member Submitted
Originally Published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on 09/20/2023, Submitted
LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. – The Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team fall prescribed fire program may begin as early as Monday, Sep. 25, 2023. If conditions and weather are favorable, California State Parks is scheduled to conduct understory burning on approximately 80 acres over the next three weeks in Burton Creek and Sugar Pine Point state parks and the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit may begin burning piles near Fallen Leaf Lake. Smoke will be present.
Historically, low-intensity wildfires ignited by lightning or native peoples routinely burned through fire-adapted ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada. These low-intensity fires burned at low temperatures and moved slowly across the ground removing forest debris such as pinecones, needles, limbs, dead and downed trees, and ladder fuels.