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Chief’s Corner: Open public burning to close soon

Mike Brown

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.

As we have been discussing the last few weeks, the consecutive dry winters have led to extreme drought conditions in California and Nevada; keeping that in mind, we anticipate open public burning to close earlier than usual this year.

We will continue to monitor the weather conditions and notify our community accordingly.

If you have raked up pine needles or slash that you need to burn, please consider doing that sooner than later. Our Open Burn Permits are available at our Administration Office located at 866 Oriole Way, Incline Village, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or on the weekends at the main fire station, 875 Tanager St., Incline Village.

Also as we move into summer, please remember that recreational fires (open, wood-burning fires) require an inspection prior to a permit being issued.

A non-combustible fire pit area must be 10 feet in diameter. Gravel, pavers, concrete or bare dirt is acceptable. Recreational fires cannot be located on or under balconies, decks, patio covers or within 10 feet of any structure.

Only clean wood may be burned and fire pits must be covered by 1/8-inch wire screening. No debris or hazardous materials may be burned and the fire must be extinguished by 9 p.m.

For more information, please visit http://www.nltfpd.net or call our business line at 775-831-0351, ext. 0.