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Burn permits suspended in Nevada, Placer counties

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Effective Saturday, June 1, residential burn permits will be suspended for Nevada, Placer and Yuba counties, and fire restrictions will go into effect in the Tahoe National Forest, according to joint TNF/Calfire statement.

"We have already seen fire activity that is not normally observed until late July or August," said Brad Harris, Calfire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief. "The unusual lack of rain this past winter and spring prompted the early burn ban and fire restrictions."

The burn permit suspension applies to all areas in Nevada, Yuba and Placer counties that fall within state responsibility area and local jurisdiction under contract Calfire. Anyone who burns in violation of the suspension will be subject to appropriate civil or criminal action and could face cost recovery charges for the fire suppression response.

In the Tahoe National Forest, beginning June 1, campfires are not permitted in the backcountry, and only in developed campgrounds and other designated sites (in the metal rings/grills provided).

Portable stoves, including those that use gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are permitted in backcountry areas with a valid campfire permit. Propane-type barbecues can be used outside designated sites where camping is permitted, but charcoal barbecues can only be used in designated campgrounds.

Further, smoking is only permitted in an enclosed vehicle or developed recreation site.

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For more information on these restrictions, visit the TNF website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe.