Fire restrictions beefed up for Tahoe National Forest |

Fire restrictions beefed up for Tahoe National Forest

The Union staff

Because of continued hot, dry conditions, fire restrictions on the Tahoe National Forest will be increased beginning Wednesday.

“The current fire severity indicators are setting new historic levels for dry conditions on both the west and east sides of the Sierra crest,” said Steve Eubanks, forest supervisor. The added restrictions will affect five activities, including campfires and portable stove use, woodcutting, off-highway vehicle use, smoking and contract/permittee operations.

• Campfires – Only permitted in those campgrounds that have water systems, metal campfire rings, fire engine accessibility, and regular patrols by campground hosts. Visitors can contact any TNF office for a list of campgrounds where campfires are permitted.

• Portable Stoves – Only permitted in designated camp and picnic grounds. Visitors can contact any TNF office for a list of sites where stoves can be used.

• Woodcutting – All woodcutting permits are now suspended until enough rain reduces the fire danger. After a rainfall, woodcutters are advised to call the woodcutting hotline to determine when woodcutting can be resumed.

• Off-Highway Vehicle Use – Only permitted on designated roads; the Prosser Pit area near Truckee; and Loops 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 of the Sugar Pine OHV area north of Foresthill.

• Smoking – Limited to vehicles, buildings and in a 5-foot cleared area.

• Contract/Permittee Operations – Any operation or permittee that uses internal combustion engines or fire must have an approved fire plan.

The Forest Service will be increasing patrols and establishing checkpoints on frequently used roads to remind visitors and local residents of the fire danger.

For more information on recreation or fire conditions, contact any Tahoe National Forest office in Camptonville, Foresthill, Nevada City, Sierraville or Truckee or visit on the Web.

To assist campers and backpackers who will be camping in areas where stoves or fires are not permissible, the Forest Service will feature no-cook recipes on the Web site. If campers and visitors have a favorite recipe to share, they can recommend them through the Web site. Later this fall, small prizes will be given to those who submit the best recipes.

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