New fire restrictions begin as hot weather looms
Senior Staff Writer
Tougher fire restrictions began on the Tahoe National Forest as the summer’s first major heat wave loomed.
Fireworks are banned, and campfires will be only be permitted in certain campgrounds until fire season ends this fall.
Smoking is limited to vehicles, buildings or a three-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 chain saws are permitted in the woods. Off-Highway Vehicles are restricted to the Prosser Pit area near Truckee and the Sugar Pine area near Foresthill.
The tighter fire restrictions were prompted by a forecast for blistering weather starting Tuesday in western Nevada County.
Temperatures in the mid-80s on Monday will climb to the high 80s Tuesday as the warm front approaches with no rain in sight, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
The weather will heat up Wednesday, the Fourth of July, 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 Valley 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 infirmed, 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, athletes, asthmatics and people with existing heart or lung conditions.
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