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Fire restrictions lifted in Tahoe National Forest

Fire restrictions in the Tahoe National Forest were lifted Tuesday.

Recent precipitation and conditions in the forest prompted the decision to end the restrictions, Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn said in a news release.

The announcement means visitors may have campfires outside of designated campgrounds with a valid permit, smoke outside of designated sites, and operate internal combustion engines off forest roads and trails where appropriate.

Campfire permits are free from any U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection office. They also can be obtained online at www.preventwildfireca.org.

The announcement comes with a warning that fire season is not yet over, Quinn said.

“Warm, dry and windy weather conditions are still likely to occur this year, and that means fire danger is still present,” he said. “Please continue to be careful with fires while in the national forest.

“Never leave campfires or lit lanterns and stoves unattended, and make sure equipment and off-road vehicles have working spark arresters.”

Cal Fire continues to have a statewide burn ban, Quinn said. The ban suspends all residential burn permits, forest-management, hazard-abatement and other industrial-type permitted burning within its 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area.

For more information on the Cal Fire burn ban, visit calfire.ca.gov/contacts/index.php to locate the nearest Cal Fire station.

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