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Amid worsening drought, Tahoe-Truckee burn ban goes into effect Monday

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — As the Western drought continues to increase fire danger in the region, Calfire has suspended permits for outdoor open residential burning throughout its coverage areas, effective Monday, June 22, until further notice.

The suspension bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris, including branches and leaves.

"Conditions throughout our region have become such that it is no longer safe for the public to perform residential debris burning," Mike Kaslin, Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief for Calfire, saidn in a statement. "We need the public to be extra diligent and perform defensible space clearances early in the morning and with the right tools."

Further, an area-wide burn ban begins Monday for the greater Truckee-Tahoe region.

"Fire season was delayed a few weeks from the rain we received, but now the grasses and bushes are drying quickly (and) will be able to carry fire," according to a statement from the Truckee Fire Protection District. "When you look around Truckee, you can see that the grasses have grown more than an average year over the past few weeks.

Fire people call these "flashy fuels," according to Truckee Fire, because "when fire gets into grass and brush, it can move very quickly and be difficult to stop."

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Similar to last year, Calfire has already responded to significantly more wildfires than an average year, officials said.

The department and regional fire districts are asking residents to ensure they are prepared for wildfires by including maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of defensible space around every home.

Here are some tips to help prepare your home and property:

• Clear all dead or dying vegetation 100 feet around all structures.

• Landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants.

• Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris, like chipping or hauling it to a biomass energy facility.

For additional information on preparing for and preventing wildfires, visit ReadyForWildfire.org.