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Fire restrictions being lifted in Truckee-Tahoe region

Sun staff report

Fire restrictions are being lifted this week in local forests after last weekend’s rain.

This means campfires will be allowed in the backcountry, but visitors should stay fire safe as fall weather can turn warm, dry, and windy, according to a release from Tahoe National Forest.

The restriction is lifted today in Tahoe National Forest and Friday in the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

However based on 2004 regulations, most of the Basin allows only stove use year-round, according to a Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit release.

Developed campgrounds usually allow for campfires year-round in the facilities provided. Campfires have been prohibited this year at designated dispersed camping areas like Luther Pass, Watson Lake and Blackwood Canyon due to fire danger. Restrictions have also been in place for developed beach areas. Those restrictions are expected to be lifted by week’s end, according to the release.

Local fire chiefs will also open residential burning in the Basin on Oct. 8, according to the release.

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Tahoe National Forest will remain open until Nov. 2 or until wet weather closes roads.

This past year in the Tahoe National Forest, there were 25 lightning-caused fires that burned 24,796 acres, according to the release.

There were also 53 human-caused fires for 38 acres plus an additional 54 abandoned illegal campfires, according to the release.

For more information, contact the Truckee Ranger Station of Tahoe National Forest at 587-3558 or Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit at 543-2694.