NEVADA CITY, Calif. September 19, 2019 – The US Forest Service announced that fire restrictions in the Tahoe National Forest will be lifted on Friday, September 20, 2019.
“We have received significant amounts of precipitation across the forest lowering our potential for large fire growth which prompted us to end fire restrictions. Recreationists still need to ensure that their campfires are fully extinguished,” said Shelly Allen, Fire Management Officer for the Tahoe National Forest.
When restrictions are lifted, Tahoe National Forest visitors may have campfires outside of designated campgrounds with a valid California Campfire Permit, smoke outside of designated sites, and operate internal combustion engines off forest roads and trails where designated or authorized.
Campfire permits are available for free from any Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, or California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) office. You can also obtain a campfire permit online at www.preventwildfireca.org.
“Although fire restrictions have been lifted, forest fires can still occur,” said Eli Ilano, Tahoe National Forest Supervisor. “Warm, dry and windy weather conditions are still likely to occur this fall and that means fire danger is still present. Please continue to be careful with fires while in the National Forest.”
As a reminder, never leave campfires, gas lanterns, and stoves unattended and make sure power equipment and off-road vehicles have working spark arresters. Other wildfire prevention practices can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/main/r5/fire-aviation/prevention.
Cal Fire continues to have a statewide burn restriction. Contact your local Cal Fire office for more information.