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Crowds, sun expected for holiday

Staff reports

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kickoff to summer in Truckee/Tahoe, and warm temperatures this weekend should keep any last minute snowstorms from blowing through.

However, Forest Service officials warn visitors and locals alike to use care in the forests.

“Although some of the highest trails and camping areas are not yet snow-free, most of the forest is accessible, which is unusual for this time of year,” said Steve Eubanks, Forest Supervisor for the Tahoe National Forest.

Areas that are still very snowy include the Pacific Crest Trail at higher elevations, Grouse Ridge Campground/Trailhead and Granite Chief Wilderness. Snowy patches will also be found on north-facing slopes above 6,500 feet and visitors should be prepared.

Eubanks also reminds visitors to be careful along rivers as high, swift water from snowmelt can be treacherous.

Fire danger is also higher than usual for this time of year, he noted.

“Even though it is just the beginning of summer, I’d like to remind everyone to be fire safe,” said Eubanks. “The forest is much drier than normal and we need everyone’s cooperation, especially with campfires. Please do not leave a fire unattended until it is completely out.”

Local recreation areas that will be open by Friday, May 25 include:

Boca and Prosser Reservoirs (lake levels are very low and boat ramps inaccessible); Stampede Reservoir (boat ramp accessible); Highway 89 campgrounds, French Meadows Reservoir campgrounds, Sugar Pine Reservoir campgrounds, Big Reservoir/Morning Star Campground; Jackson Meadow Reservoir Campgrounds (water levels low); Fuller and Bowman Lakes, Bullards Bar Reservoir Campgrounds, Sierra Buttes campgrounds and others.

For more information contact the Truckee Ranger Station at (530) 587-3558.


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