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Fire restrictions lifted in Tahoe National Forest

Staff report

LAKE TAHOE — Fire restrictions were lifted last week on National Forest Service lands at Lake Tahoe, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

"While conditions have allowed the Forest Service to lift fire restrictions, wildfires can still occur," said Fire Management Officer Kit Bailey, with the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. "Visitors to our National Forests need to educate themselves about how to safely build and extinguish a campfire, and should continue to be careful and remember that campfires are only allowed in certain areas."

Campfires are allowed with a valid California Campfire Permit at the Luther Pass, Blackwood Canyon and Watson Lake campgrounds, as well as the Meiss roadless area.

Officials advise that care be taken to completely extinguish a fire with plenty of water, thoroughly stirring and feeling for heat; if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.

Visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu or call the Forest Supervisor's Office at 530-543-2694, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for information.