Campfires prohibited at Tahoe |

Campfires prohibited at Tahoe

Staff report

Nearby wildfires have prompted U.S. Forest Service officials to issue a reminder of campfire restrictions in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

“Human sources of fire starts are now the leading annual cause of most serious wildfire incidents,” said Rex Norman, spokesman for the Forest Service in Tahoe.

Norman said the most common source of human-caused fires are abandoned illegal campfires.

“Forest Service officials urge the residents and visitors of the Tahoe Basin to use great caution with all potential sources of ignition.”

Campfires are prohibited in the Lake Tahoe Basin, except in developed campgrounds, designated sites and limited areas of the back-country. Campfires are never allowed in Desolation Wilderness or on beaches. Fireworks of any kind are illegal in the basin.

Tossed cigarettes are a common source of wildfire, along with people playing with fire or fireworks, Norman said. Vehicle exhaust systems and power equipment can cause sparks to jump into easily ignited materials like dry grass.

For more information, call (530) 543-2694.

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