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 www.fs.usda.gov/main/r5/fire-aviation/prevention.
–Barbara Barte Osborn