Personal fireworks banned in the area |

Personal fireworks banned in the area

Officials are reminding vacationers that personal fireworks are illegal in the Tahoe National Forest, Truckee and the North Shore of Tahoe.

Fireworks are only legal under permits for special events, such as the fireworks displays planned for Tahoe City, Donner Lake, Squaw Valley, Kings Beach and other locations.

The U.S. Forest Service is alerting people to the fire danger in the forest this weekend, illustrated by numerous fires burning in the area and in Northern Nevada. Legal campfires must be carefully tended, and fireworks are strictly prohibited in the forest, officials said. Campfires are not completely out until they are doused with water to a point where they are no longer warm, according to officials.

“Fire season is here and forest vegetation is drying out, especially on the east side of the Tahoe National Forest,” said Tahoe National Forest Supervisor Steve Eubanks in a written statement. “If you are visiting the forest over the holiday weekend, leave your fireworks at home.”

Possessing or discharging fireworks in Truckee is a misdemeanor, according to the town’s municipal code.

Fireworks are not permitted in any portion of unincorporated Placer County, according to county code, which encompasses all of the California portion of Tahoe’s North Shore.

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