Officials: Fire conditions similar to August
Early fire restrictions have been issued on the Tahoe National Forest because of extreme dryness reminiscent of August-like 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 barbecues 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 off-highway vehicles can only be operated on roads or trails, except for the Prosser Pit Off-Highway Vehicle Area.
• Possession of fireworks is illegal.
• In the backcountry, 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 U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management or California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection office.
The personal woodcutting program will continue to operate as long as people 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 Nevada City at 265-4531, Sierraville at 994-3401, Truckee at 587-3558, Camptonville at 288-3231 and Foresthill.
For more information on recreation opportunities or fire restrictions in the Tahoe National Forest, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/tahoe.
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