Tahoe National Forest, Calfire lift burn restrictions
Fire restrictions in the Tahoe National Forest were lifted Tuesday, thanks to cooler temperatures, higher humidity and recent rain. Visitors can now have campfires in the backcountry with a valid campfire permit. As fall progresses however, visitors are reminded to be fire safe as the weather can turn warm, dry and windy.
This year in the Tahoe National Forest, there were 46 lightning-caused fires that burned 13 acres and 37 human-caused fires for 33 acres.
For more information on fire restrictions, call offices in Camptonville at (530) 288-3231, Foresthill at (530) 367-2224, Nevada City at (530) 265-4531, Sierraville at (530) 994-3401, and Truckee at (530) 587-3558. The Forest Service Web page can be accessed at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/tahoe.
The rain allowed Calfire to end the suspension of all residential burning within state responsibility areas of Nevada, Yuba and Placer counties effective Wednesday.
Residents must obtain a valid burn permit and burn only on permissive burn days as determined by the local Air Pollution Control District. Burn permits can be obtained at all Calfire facilities. Residents can confirm burn day status by calling (530) 274-7928. For more information on burn permit requirements call 889-0111 or go online at http://www.fire.ca.gov.
The maximum pile cannot be larger than 4 foot in diameter; residents must clear all flammable material and vegetation within 10-feet of the outer edge of the pile and keep a water supply close to the burning site. An adult should be in attendance with a shovel until the fire is put out and no burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (particularly wind) are safe.
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