Tahoe National Forest lifts fire restrictions | TheUnion.com

Tahoe National Forest lifts fire restrictions

Forest Supervisor Eli Ilano announced that fire restrictions in the Tahoe National Forest will be lifted at 12 a.m. Tuesday Oct.11.

Recent and pending weather conditions in the forest prompted the decision to end the restrictions.

When restrictions are lifted, recreationists may have campfires outside of designated campgrounds with a valid California campfire permit, smoke outside of designated sites, and operate internal combustion engines off forest roads and trails where designated.

Campfire permits are free of charge from any Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, or California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) office. Campfire permits can also be obtained online at http://www.preventwildfireca.org.

“Although fire restrictions have been lifted, forest fires can still occur,” said Ilano. “Warm, dry and windy weather conditions are still likely outside of our traditional fire season and that means the fire danger is still present. Please continue to be careful with fires while in the national forest.”

Never leave campfires, lit lanterns, or stoves unattended and make sure equipment and off-road vehicles have working spark arresters. Other wildfire prevention practices can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r5/fire-aviation/prevention.

Cal Fire continues to have a statewide burn ban. Contact Cal Fire office for more information.

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