Fire restrictions set on Tahoe National Forest |

Fire restrictions set on Tahoe National Forest

With a number of lightning sparked fires still burning in California, Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn of the Tahoe National Forest has announced fire restrictions for campers.

The restrictions are as follows:

Campfires and charcoal barbecues are only permitted in designated campgrounds and other recreation sites in the metal rings and grills provided.

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 barbecues, 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.

Those that come across abandoned campfires are asked to put them “dead out” and report its location to the nearest ranger station, Quinn said.

To report an abandoned campfire or for added 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.

The personal wood cutting program this year will continue to operate as long as individuals have a valid woodcutting permit and follow the conditions on the permit.

Check with the appropriate agency for current restrictions when planning a visit to any forest, park or open space for the remainder of the summer.

It is expected that fire restrictions in the TNF will become more extensive as the summer progresses and conditions worsen. For more information on recreation opportunities or fire restrictions in the TNF, log onto the website at

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