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Prescribed Fires

Prescribed fires are set by forest managers during less-flammable weather conditions and kept within control lines, so the fire is of low severity consuming fuels that would otherwise burn at high severity during dangerous weather. Pile burning is intended to remove excess fuels (branches, limbs, and stumps) that can feed unwanted wildfires, and involves burning slash piles that are constructed by hand and mechanical equipment. Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the project size and environmental conditions. Prescribed fire smoke is generally less intense and of much shorter duration than smoke produced by wildland fires. Information on local prescribed fires and fuel reduction projects is available at https://www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/