Fires restricted on Tahoe forest
Fire restrictions have gone into effect on the Tahoe National Forest because of hot, dry weather conditions, said Steve Eubanks, forest supervisor.
Under the restrictions, campfires are only permitted in developed campgrounds and other designated sites, in the metal rings and grills provided. Portable stoves, including those that use gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel, are permitted in the back country with a valid campfire permit.
Propane-type barbecues can be used outside designated sites but charcoal barbecues cannot.
Smoking is only permitted in an enclosed vehicle or developed recreation site. Internal combustion engines, including OHVs, can only be operated on roads or designated trails.
The personal woodcutting program this year will continue as long as individuals have a valid woodcutting permit. This is the first time in many years that woodcutting has been allowed throughout the forest during fire restrictions. “As part of their permit, woodcutters are required to have fire extinguishers available and to follow daily fire danger requirements. In the past, we have seen very few fires started by chain saws, thus we are allowing woodcutting to continue. I am, however, urging woodcutters as well as all forest visitors to be especially careful with fire this year,” Eubanks said.
Many factors determine the need for restrictions, including moisture in live and dead vegetation, wind, temperature, and humidity, along with previous and expected weather patterns this summer.
Restrictions may vary from forest to forest as conditions differ. Check with the appropriate agency for current restrictions when planning to visit any forest, park or open space for the remainder of the summer. Campfire permits are free and can be obtained at any Forest Service office.
For more information, visit the Web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/tahoe/ or the Forest Service office nearest you. Offices are in Sierraville, 994-3401; Truckee, 587-3558; Camptonville, 288-3231; Foresthill, 367-2224; and Nevada City, 265-4531.
– The Union staff
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