RENO, NV - Smoke being seen Friday north of downtown is from a controlled burn.
A North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District fuels crew is burning piles of tree limbs and brush in Sun Valley Regional Park, adjacent to Ester Bennett Elementary School, as part of a 30-acre hazardous fuels reduction project. There may also be some nighttime pile burning.
The project is a cooperative effort between North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Truckee Meadows Fire Protect District, Washoe County Parks Department and Nevada Division of Forestry.
The debris or "slash" piles were created as a result of a hazardous fuels reduction and defensible space project earlier this year, to help minimize the risk of wildland fires in the area.
Smoke resulting from the pile burns could affect the surrounding areas into Saturday. People who are smoke-sensitive are advised to stay inside and close their windows and doors as much as possible until the smoke dissipates. For further information, please call the Fire District at 831-0351, extension 0 or visit www.nltfpd.net.