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Heat wave sparks forest restrictions

Tougher fire restrictions began Monday in the Tahoe National Forest as the summer’s first major heat wave loomed.

Fireworks are banned, and campfires only will be permitted in certain campgrounds until fire season ends this fall, according to forest service personnel. Also, smoking is limited to vehicles, buildings or a 3-foot cleared area.

“The fire near South Lake Tahoe is a good example of the explosive fire conditions this year,” said Judy Tartaglia, deputy forest supervisor.

People can call the forest service at 265-4531 to find out what campgrounds will permit campfires and what days chainsaws are permitted in the woods. Off-highway vehicles can be driven only in the Prosser Pit area near Truckee and the Sugar Pine area near Foresthill.

A forecast for blistering weather starting Tuesday in western Nevada County prompted the tighter fire restrictions.

Temperatures will climb to the high 80s as a warm front approaches with no rain in sight, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

The weather will heat up Wednesday, Independence Day, when the foothills’ temperature is expected to hit 95, followed by 96 on Thursday, 95 on Friday and 94 on Saturday.

Some relief will occur on Sunday as the high dips to 90. Lows will be in the high 50s to low 60s at night.

People traveling to the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys can expect temperatures in the 100s and possible record highs throughout the week, the National Weather Service said.

Residents who are sensitive to the heat, such as the elderly or the ill, should not expose themselves to the hot weather for long periods of time.

Although no predictions have been issued, temperatures above 90 can make western Nevada County ozone air pollution levels unhealthy for sensitive groups, including pregnant women, children, the elderly and people with existing heart or lung conditions.

For more information, log onto the Tahoe National Forest Web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/tahoe and the National Weather Service in Sacramento at http://www.wrh.



To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com or call 477-4237.

Going camping? Know your fire rules

– Call the U.S. Forest Service at 265-4531 to find out which campgrounds allow campfires and chainsaw use.

– OHVs allowed only at Prosser Pit and Sugar Pine.

– No smoking except inside vehicles, inside buildings and within a 3-foot cleared area.

– No fireworks.

” The Union staff

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