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May 8, 2018 – The Tahoe National Forest American River Ranger District plans to conduct a 31 acre prescribed fire beginning May 8th, 2018 and continuing for the rest of the week.

The North Divide prescribed fire area is located near the Humbug Ridge, which is approximately 15 miles northeast of the town of Foresthill. The American River Ranger District fire personnel plan to burn 7 to 31 acres per day as weather conditions and air quality allow.

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The North Divide project is considered an under burn type of prescribed fire. As an under burn it will give multiple results such as; cleaning up debris from a completed timber sale which thinned the amount of trees in the unit; reduce the risk of wildfires by making a break in the fuel (vegetation) load, and increase the resiliency of the forest to wildfires and beetle attacks.

This project will continue until the unit is completed or when the conditions become too dry in the spring.