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Forest Service reminds public of Fourth of July safety

LAKE TAHOE — Possession of fireworks of any kind, including sparklers, is illegal in the Lake Tahoe Basin, officials with the U.S. Forest Service said Monday.

Camp fires are not permitted on Forest Service beaches or in the general forest. On Wednesday, July 4, only, personal barbecues are allowed at Nevada, Pope and Baldwin beaches but are not permitted on any other Forest Service beaches or in the general forest.

An annual alcohol ban will be in effect on Nevada Beach and within Zephyr Cove Resort and Zephyr Shoals (the former Dreyfus Estate). In addition, county and state laws also ban the possession or consumption of alcohol on the Truckee River from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows and Chamber’s Landing Beach on the West Shore through July 6. These areas will be patrolled by law enforcement personnel from the Forest Service, Douglas County, Placer County and Carson City sheriff departments, and by private security staff.

“If you’re parking on the side of the road to access Forest Service facilities, make sure you’re parked completely on gravel or dirt, not on vegetation,” the press release reads. “Parking on vegetation may result in a citation for resource damage, plus there’s a chance your car’s catalytic converter could spark a fire.”

Residents also should be aware of rules on where dogs are allowed. Dogs are not allowed at designated swim beaches, including Nevada, Pope, Baldwin, Meeks and William Kent.

If you are looking for a place to take your leashed dog, try Kiva Picnic Area from Valhalla Boathouse/Pier to Tallac Point in South Lake Tahoe, Echo Lakes on Echo Summit, Zephyr Shoals on the East Shore (the old Dreyfus Estate located north of Zephyr Cove Resort), Hidden and Chimney beaches on the East Shore, Coon Street Beach (at the boat launch) in Kings Beach, 64 Acres in Tahoe City or Kaspian Recreation Area on the West Shore.

For information, visit the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit website at

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 2, 2012 04:48PM Published Jul 2, 2012 04:46PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.