Fire danger high for holiday weekend
August 29, 2008
A red flag warning for the Tahoe Basin has been issued by the National Weather Service in Reno.
The warning was issued because very dry and gusty conditions are expected through Sunday morning, according to the weather service.
For the duration of the warning, fire service personnel will display red flags and signs on all stations.
In addition, all personnel suspend regular duties and go out on neighborhood patrol enabling even faster response than usual.
Engines, ambulances and utility and command vehicles will display warning signs. An additional brush engine will also be available in the area.
A red flag warning does not require any actions by residents and visitors other than heightened awareness and vigilance.
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If flames or smoke are seen, fire officials ask residents to call 9-1-1 immediately to speed firefighter response.
The U.S. Forest Service also still has fire restrictions in effect locally.
Campfires are only permitted in designated campgrounds or picnic areas.
In the backcountry, a valid California campfire permit is required to use a portable stove or lantern that uses gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel.
“It is really critical that people are fire safe this Labor Day. Conditions are extremely dry and the weather is expected to remain warm and breezy throughout the long weekend,” said Tom Quinn, forest supervisor for the Tahoe National Forest.
” Sun staff reports