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Extreme dry conditions cause early fire restrictions

Early fire restrictions have been issued on the Tahoe National Forest due to extremely dry conditions.

“This is the earliest we have gone into fire restrictions in many years,” said Forest Supervisor Steve Eubanks.

“Even with the storm last week, the lack of rain and snow this past winter has resulted in reduced moisture in the vegetation. Fire danger graphs show that conditions now are closer to what they normally are in August.”

Under the restrictions:

– Campfires and charcoal barbeques are only permitted in developed campgrounds and other designated recreation sites with metal-ring grills.

– Smoking is only permitted in an enclosed vehicle, building, developed recreation site or in a 3-foot area cleared of all flammable material.

– Internal combustion engines including OHVs can only be operated on roads or trails except for the Prosser Pit Off-Highway Vehicle Area.

– Possession of fireworks is illegal.

– In the back country, portable stoves and propane-type barbeques, including those that use gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are permitted with a valid campfire permit. Campfire permits are free and can be obtained at any Forest Service, BLM or Calfire office.

The personal wood cutting program this year will continue to operate as long as individuals have a valid woodcutting permit and follow the conditions. Woodcutters are reminded to get their wood in early as fire conditions are expected to worsen which could shut down cutting.

For more information contact the Forest Service offices in Sierraville (530) 994-3401, Truckee (530) 587-3558, Camptonville (530) 288-3231, Foresthill (530) 367-2224, and Nevada City (530) 265-4531.

For more information on recreation opportunities or fire restrictions in the TNF, log onto the website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/tahoe/.

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