Nevada City…..Effective Sunday, July 1, 2012, fire restrictions will go into effect in the Tahoe National Forest due to dry conditions announced Tom Quinn, Forest Supervisor. “Fire season is here and we need the public’s help in being fire safe. Illegal and abandoned campfires are the number one cause of human-caused fires on the Forest. Although we received almost normal rainfall on the west side of the TNF, the east side had about half the normal precipitation and conditions are drying rapidly. I’d also like to remind folks that all fireworks are illegal in the National Forests,” stated Quinn.
Under these restrictions, campfires are only permitted in developed campgrounds and other designated sites (in the metal rings/grills provided). In the backcountry, portable stoves, including those that use gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are permitted with a valid campfire permit. (Campfire permits are free and are available at all Forest Service offices.) Propane-type Bar-B-Q’s can be used outside designated sites where camping is permitted, but charcoal Bar-B-Q’s can only be used in designated campgrounds. Smoking is only permitted in an enclosed vehicle or developed recreation site. Internal combustion engines, including off highway vehicles (OHV’s), can continue to be operated on roads or motorized trails and within the Prosser Pits OHV area.
The personal wood cutting program will continue to operate, as long as individuals have a valid woodcutting permit and follow the conditions on the permit.
Many factors determine the need for restrictions including moisture in live and dead vegetation, wind, temperature and humidity along, with previous and expected weather patterns this summer.
Restrictions may vary from forest to forest as conditions differ. Please check with the appropriate agency for current restrictions when planning to visit any forest, park or open space for the remainder of the summer. For more information on these restrictions, visit the TNF website at www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe or the Forest Service office nearest you. Offices are located in Sierraville (530) 994-3401, Truckee (530) 587-3558, Camptonville (530) 288-3231, Foresthill (530) 367-2224, and Nevada City (530) 265-4531.
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