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Campgrounds reopen as some restrictions remain in effect

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The Tahoe National Forest is reopening additional campgrounds for the upcoming weekend after two weeks of unprecedented, emergency closures due to California wildfires and wildfire risk.

While popular activities such as hunting, hiking, boating, and other types of general recreation are now allowed, several prohibitions are still in place through Oct. 18. These prohibitions include:

No camping outside of developed campgrounds. A list of open, developed campgrounds is provided below. There are two exceptions to this prohibition: Dispersed camping within the Granite Chief Wilderness is allowed. Dispersed camping within 500 feet of the Pacific Crest Trail is allowed.

No target shooting. Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state and federal law and regulations, is prohibited.

In addition, an Emergency Fire Restriction Order has been extended through Oct. 1. This Fire Restriction strictly prohibits the following activities across all National Forests in California: no smoking; no building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, which includes all gas stoves of any kind.

Generators are allowed for use on paved, gravel or dirt National Forest System roads and trails, staging areas, and within campgrounds.

Open Campgrounds

Highway 89, South: Silver, Granite Flat

Foresthill Divide Road: Giant Gap, Shirttail

Gold Lake Road: Packsaddle, Salmon Creek and Sardine

Marysville Road: Dark Day, Schoolhouse

Mosquito Ridge Road: French Meadows — water systems limited, campers are asked to conserve water (reopens Friday)

Interstate 80: Indian Springs; North Fork (reopens Friday)

Highway 49: Fiddle Creek, Indian Valley, Wild plum, Union Flat, Rocky Rest, Cal Ida and Carlton Flat

Highway 20: White Cloud (some sites closed due to hazard trees), Skillman

Bowman Lake Road: Carr-Feeley (PG&E managed site, first-come first-serve only), Lindsey (PG&E managed site, first-come first-serve only)

Highway 89, North: Cold Creek, East Meadow (operated by NID), Prosser Family (water systems under repair, campers must pack in water), Upper Little Truckee, Cottonwood, Lower Little Truckee, Pass Creek (operated by NID) and Pass Creek Overflow

Source: U.S. Forest Service


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