LAKE TAHOE -- The U.S. Forest Service advises people who are attending Fourth of July festivities at Lake Tahoe to keep the following laws and safety information in mind.
• Plan for the years largest crowds and heavy traffic and, because of the areas high elevation, expect intense sunlight during the day and much lower temperatures at night. Bring sunscreen, a jacket and flashlight, and drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
• If planning to stay at a campground, make reservations ahead at http://www.recreation.gov.
• Possession of fireworks of any kind, including firecrackers and sparklers, is illegal in the Lake Tahoe basin. Campfires are not permitted on National Forest beaches or in the general forest. Those planning to barbecue on the beach should bring gas barbecues instead of charcoal to reduce the danger of wildfire.
• The annual alcohol ban will be in effect at Nevada Beach, Zephyr Cove Resort and Zephyr Shoals (the former Dreyfus Estate) from 6 a.m. to midnight July 4. Additionally, county and state laws ban the possession or consumption of alcohol on the Truckee River from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows and on Chambers Landing Beach from July 1 to July 6.
• Where parking on the side of the road is allowed, drivers should be careful not to park on vegetation, which could spark a fire, or to block road access or narrow lanes, which could impede response in an emergency.
• If trash cans become full, trash should be packed out, as debris left behind after festivities can harm wildlife and contribute to the lakes loss of clarity.
For more information, visit the Forest Services Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu or call (530) 543-2694 Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, (530) 543-2674, on weekends and holidays.