Authorities: Tahoe Susceptible To Wildland Fires

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Local and federal fire officials are wasting no time trying to reduce the wildland fire threat at Lake Tahoe.

The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District has thinned out potential fuels with several recent prescribed burns in the Incline Village area on Tahoe's north shore.

The U.S. Forest Service also has conducted recent prescribed burns at several locations in the Tahoe Basin.

"We have much smaller burns," said North Tahoe Assistant Fire Chief Norb Szczurek. "`While the (Forest Service) might conduct a burn on 250 acres, ours are only about five to 25 acres or so."

Fire officials want to step up efforts to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires at Tahoe, citing Southern California's devastating blazes as a lesson.

But officials said prescribed burns don't always come off as scheduled because of the weather.

"If the wind happens to be too high or there's no precipitation due for a long time, we'll call it off," said North Tahoe fire spokesman Tia Rancourt.