LAKE TAHOE and#8212; Fire restrictions will go into effect Monday, July 9, in the Lake Tahoe Basin, the U.S. Forest Service has announced.
A forest order has been issued to provide for public safety through the end of the official 2012 fire season.
Camp fires, including charcoal barbecues, are prohibited except in exempted recreation sites. Smoking on National Forest land is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or within an exempted recreation site, according to a press release from the Forest Service. Fire restrictions are intended to reduce the possibility of human-caused wildfires over the summer season.
During fire restrictions, campfires are prohibited in all other semi-developed sites such as Luther Pass, Blackwood Canyon, and Watson Lake, as well as in all dispersed recreation areas. Forest users should obtain specific information about the area they are visiting before venturing out. For a complete list of regulations and exempted recreation sites, visit http://tinyurl.com/USFSrules.
For more information, call the forest supervisor's office at 530-543-2694 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.