Fire restrictions lifted in Tahoe National Forest

Published: Friday, Sep. 27, 2013 - 12:14 am

A forecast for precipitation has prompted a decision to lift fire restrictions starting midnight tonight in the Tahoe National Forest, Nationa Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn has announced.

The decision means backcountry campfires will be allowed with a proper permit, people may smoke outside of designated areas, and internal-combustion engines can be operated in designated locations off-road and on trails.

Quinn advised forest visitors to continue fire-safe practices because conditions can become dry, warm and windy very quickly.

That means never leaving campfires, lighted lanterns and stoves unattended and ensuring that equipment and off-road vehicles have working spark arresters, he said.

For a list of wildfire prevention practices, visit the Web at

–Barbara Barte Osborn

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