Deer hunting season underway |

Deer hunting season underway

Deer hunting season began Saturday, Sept. 22 for Tahoe National Forest lands in the D3 and D4 zones (the western portion of the forest).

Deer season began on Sept. 15 for lands on the eastern side of the Forest (X7A and X7B zones).

Campfires are still banned everywhere throughout the Forest due to exceptionally dry conditions. Portable stoves, Bar-B-Qs, and lanterns that are fueled by propane, gas or jellied petroleum are permissible. Outside a developed campground, campers must have a campfire permit to use these propane-style portable stoves, Bar-B-Qs and lanterns. Campfire permits are free and are available at any Ranger Station.

The fire closure advisory for all National Forest lands south of Interstate 80 has been lifted with some exceptions as noted below:

The National Forest System lands within the Gap and Star fires are closed to public entry due to the danger of falling snags, stump holes and areas that are still burning.

For the Gap Fire located south of Interstate 80 at Emigrant Gap: the road into Lake Valley Reservoir and the Texas Hill Road are open; however the roads within the fire perimeter are closed. These closed roads include the Sailor Point Road (19-22), the Old Stagecoach Road (19-22-12), the Onion Valley Road (45-1) and Rd. 9100-1. Tunnel Mills and North Fork campgrounds are closed.

Several of the campgrounds at French Meadows Reservoir will be closed to accommodate fire crews and reconstruction. However, Talbot and Ahart campgrounds are open. The picnic grounds in the area are also open.

For more information contact the Foresthill Ranger Station at (530) 367-2224 or the Truckee Ranger Station at 587-3558.

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