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Fire restrictions remain in effect

Staff reports

Fire restrictions are currently in effect on the Tahoe National Forest.

Use of a chainsaw, or any internal combustion engine, is limited to National Forest system roads.

It is still possible to gather firewood, but any wood needing to be cut will have to be brought to a road first. Fuelwood permits are required for gathering and cutting firewood.

“If the chainsaw’s hot muffler comes in contact with dry vegetation or the saw hits a rock and creates sparks, there is a good chance that a wildfire will start,” said John Holcomb, Fire Management Officer in Truckee.

“The speed which the Martis Fire consumed forested land is an example of the fire danger that we are faced with this year. Our fire models show that the conditions are drier and the chance for a major fire is greater than in the past 25 years.”

Other activities that are affected by fire restrictions include:

— Use of a campfire or charcoal fire is prohibited except within the grills and fire rings provided in developed recreation sites including campgrounds and picnic grounds unless otherwise posted. Hikers and recreationists in the backcountry can use a portable stove or lantern that uses gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel as long as they have a valid campfire permit.

— Smoking is illegal except in an enclosed vehicle, building or developed recreation site.

— All fireworks are strictly forbidden in the National Forest.

— Operation of internal combustion engines off forest system roads and trails is prohibited except in the Prosser Pit Developed Off-Highway Vehicle Area and for boats and dredges on the water.

Contact the Truckee Ranger District office at (530) 587-3558 for more information on fire restrictions or fuelwood cutting.


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