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June 30, 2012

Fire restrictions effective Sunday in Tahoe National Forest; fireworks banned

Fire restrictions take effect Sunday in the Tahoe National Forest due to dry conditions.

"I'd also like to remind folks that all fireworks are illegal in the national forests," Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn said in a news release.

Because illegal and abandoned campfires are the main cause of human-caused fires in the forest, campfires will be permitted only in developed campgrounds and other designated sites, in the metal rings/grills provided.

In the backcountry, portable stoves – but not charcoal barbecues – will be permitted with a valid campfire permit. Permits are free and are available at all U.S. Forest Service offices.

Smoking is permitted only in an enclosed vehicle or developed recreation site.

Internal combustion engines, including off-highway vehicles, can continue to operate on roads or motorized trails and within the Prosser Pits OHV area near Truckee.

Restrictions may vary from forest to forest as conditions differ, Quinn said, and people should check with the appropriate agency for current restrictions when planning to visit any forest, park or open space for the remainder of the summer.

Continuing information on restrictions is available at the Tahoe National Forest website, www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe, or at Forest Service offices in Sierraville, Truckee, Camptonville, Foresthill and Nevada City.

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