LAKE TAHOE -- Fire restrictions were put into effect Thursday in the Lake Tahoe basin to help reduce the possibility of accidental fires caused by humans during a record drought season.
Until the end of fire season, campfires and charcoal barbecues will be restricted to designated recreation areas and other fire-related activities will be prohibited on National Forest System land.
The restrictions include:
• No open fires or campfires are allowed outside of designated recreation sites, even with a valid campfire permit. Portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed with a valid campfire permit.
• No possessing or using any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device. (According to Forest Service officials, all personal fireworks are illegal in the Lake Tahoe basin, regardless of jurisdiction. Free fireworks shows will take place around the lake during the Fourth of July holiday.)
• No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building or designated recreation site.
• No welding or operating any torch with an open flame.
• No operating any internal or external combustion engine without a spark-arresting device properly installed and maintained in effective working order.
Campfires are also prohibited in all semi-developed sites and dispersed recreation areas. Forest users can obtain specific information about the area they plan to visit at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/FireRestrictions or by calling (530) 543-2694 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or (530) 543-2674 on weekends and holidays.