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Forest Service fire chief bans residential burning at Tahoe

LAKE TAHOE — The forest fire chief for the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is suspending residential burning, also known as “dooryard” burning, effective through the remainder of fire season, officials announced Wednesday.

The prohibition applies to debris burning on private, state and federal lands of El Dorado and Placer counties in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Residential debris burning is already banned within the city of South Lake Tahoe, and in both the Tahoe Douglas and North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection districts in Nevada.

Lake Tahoe weather conditions have generally been hot, dry and windy, leading fire protection officials to move to end residential debris burning due to increased risks. The ban is for residential burns only and does not prevent federal, state and local fire managers from conducting prescribed fire operations necessary for fuels reduction on public lands. Prescribed fire work is conducted by fully equipped professional wildland firefighting crews under favorable weather conditions.

The ban also does not prohibit small, contained campfires on private land outside the city of South Lake Tahoe, built by the property owner or with the written permission of the property owner.

The residential burn ban will remain in effect until temperatures, winds and humidity allow for safer conditions.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 18, 2012 05:04PM Published Jul 18, 2012 05:02PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.