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Nevada City, Calif. May 31, 2017 – The Tahoe National Forest will conduct prescribed burns on the west side of the Forest starting as soon as tomorrow to reduce build-up of hazardous fuels and continue ecological restoration.

On the American River Ranger District, up to 60 acres will be burned in the vicinity of Humbug Ridge, located approximately 14 miles east of Foresthill. The prescribed burn is part of an 800 acre fuel break project.

On the Yuba River Ranger District, prescribed burns are planned for 90 acres on three units in the area of the Pendola Fire scar, located north of Bullards Bar Reservoir, near the Pendola Extension Road.

Both prescribed burning operations are expected to continue for one-to-two weeks. Careful consideration of fuels and weather conditions will dictate specifically when the units will be ignited. Resources will monitor the areas before and after ignition for control and air quality.

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All prescribed fire projects are conducted in accordance with an approved prescribed fire burn plan. Burn plans describe the specific conditions under which burns will be conducted, including the weather, number of personnel and opportunities to minimize smoke impacts. Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after ignitions. Forest Service fuels management personnel work closely with the California Air Resources Board and the local air quality management districts to minimize smoke impacts to communities.

For more information, please contact Mark Longshore on the Yuba River Ranger District at (530) 288-3231 or Terry Lim on the American River Ranger District at (530) 367-2224. For more information on prescribed fire on the Tahoe National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe and participate in the conversation at twitter.com/Tahoe_NF and www.facebook.com/TahoeNF.

If you would like to learn more about prescribed fire versus wildfire, please visit www.smokeybear.com/prescribed-fires.asp.