The U.S. Forest Service may conduct prescribed fire operations in several areas in South Lake Tahoe beginning today. Operations may take place on Gardner Mountain near South Tahoe High School, Gardner Street and Ski Run Boulevard near Heavenly. Operations may last through the next several weeks as conditions allow.
Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the project size. Agencies coordinate with state and local county air pollution control districts and monitors weather conditions closely prior to prescribed fire ignition. They wait for favorable conditions that will carry smoke up and out of the Basin. Crews also conduct test burns before igniting a larger area, to verify how effectively fuels are consumed how smoke will travel.