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Fireworks are illegal at Lake Tahoe … and other July 4 safety measures

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Brush fires can start faster than you might think; here, a firefighter surveys the scene during the summer of 2013 after a spot fire started off Rainbow Avenue in Kings Beach.

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Fourth of July holiday weekend is the busiest time in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Keep the following information in mind to help everyone enjoy a safe and fun holiday, because wildfire prevention is everyone's responsibility.

Possession of fireworks of any kind, including firecrackers and sparklers, is illegal in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Campfires or portable charcoal grills are not permitted on National Forest beaches or in the general forest.

For those planning to barbecue on the beach, bring portable gas grills instead of charcoal. This will reduce the danger of wildfire in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

A hot ember can travel for miles in the wind and it only takes one small spark to ignite a large wildfire. The Forest Service anticipates additional fire restrictions will be in place by the holiday weekend.

Visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/FireRestrictions for complete information.

The annual alcohol ban will be in effect at Nevada Beach, Zephyr Cove Resort, and Zephyr Shoals (the former Dreyfus Estate) from 6 a.m. to midnight on July 4.

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Additionally, county and state laws ban the possession or consumption of alcohol on the Truckee River from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows and Chamber's Landing Beach on the West Shore, beginning July 1 and continuing through July 6.

These areas will be patrolled by law enforcement personnel from the Forest Service, Douglas and Placer counties, the Carson City Sheriff's Department, and private security staff.

Consider public transportation during the holiday as holiday traffic and road construction make for extremely crowded roads and parking areas. Walk, carpool, or bicycle to avoid limited parking in crowded recreation areas and heavy traffic and delays after the firework displays.

When parking, do not block road access or narrow lanes, which could impede response in an emergency. Where parking on the side of the road is allowed, be careful to not park on vegetation as this can cause damage to the environment and can spark a fire.

For information on rules regarding pets at USFS lands, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/Dogs. Be sure to check ahead of time at other areas throughout the region to see if dogs or pets are allowed.

Trash and debris left behind after festivities can be harmful and even fatal to wildlife. It presents a human health hazard, and degrades Lake Tahoe. Trash cans may become full, so plan ahead and pack out all garbage.

Become part of the solution by volunteering for the Adopt-A-Beach program coordinated by the League to Save Lake Tahoe's Annual Keep Tahoe Red, White and Blue beach clean-ups from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 5.

For information and to volunteer, contact Marilee Movius at 530-541-5388 or email marilee@keeptahoeblue.org, or visit keeptahoeblue.org/our-work/beachcleanups.

This article was submitted by the U.S. Forest Service.

As for Truckee

The Truckee Municipal Code prohibits possession and use of all fireworks without a valid use permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District.

Additionally, the law restricts and prohibits fires on private property in a few ways. Violations of this code are misdemeanor crimes that can result in arrest and criminal prosecutions.

Some fireworks can be classified as explosives and can result in a felony arrest. Truckee Municipal Code is only intended to apply to those situations that are within the Town limits of Truckee.

It is highly encouraged you check with the specific jurisdiction where you are recreating to know the fire restrictions ahead of time.

Source: Town of Truckee