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TNF campfire ban lifted

Staff reports

The campfire ban in the Tahoe National Forest has been rescinded, announced Steve Eubanks, TNF Supervisor.

Campfires are permitted in designated recreation sites once again.

Campfires were banned earlier this summer following several massive area fires.

Portable campstoves, lanterns and barbecues that use propane, jellied petroleum or gas are still the only heating source permissible outside developed recreation sites and users must have a valid campfire permit.

The recent rain added enough moisture throughout the forest so that it is now safe to have a campfire in a developed site, but officials are still concerned about the potential of a campfire in the backcountry and the chance of that escaping.

“We have had a long and difficult fire season, and though it is almost over, we are still very dry,” said Eubanks.

“The large, dead logs which intensify fire behavior have not picked up enough moisture for us to consider rescinding all fire restrictions. It will take several rainy days to end the fire restrictions.”

Internal combustion engines can be used only on forest roads or trails. For woodcutters, chainsaws can be used only on a road, trail or landing.

For more information, contact any of the following Ranger Stations throughout the TNF:

Forest Headquarters/Nevada City Ranger Station – (530) 265-4531

North Yuba Ranger Station – (530) 288-3231

Sierraville Ranger Station – (530) 994-3401

Truckee Ranger Station – (530) 587-3558

Foresthill Ranger Station – (530) 367-2224