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Charcoal, wood fires restricted in South Lake Tahoe

Staff Report

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The city of South Lake Tahoe and Lake Valley Fire Protection District has put in place fire restrictions until further notice prohibiting charcoal and wood fires, officials announced Wednesday.

The restrictions cover residents in both the county and city limits.

The use of natural gas, propane, or pellet barbecue grills, smokers, and fire pits are permissible unless a red flag warning is issued.

“We ask that residents and visitors follow these fire restrictions to help minimize the potential of fire starts,” said South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue Interim Chief Jim Drennan in a news release. “With the increase in dry fuels and high temperatures, there is a significant risk for fire danger and this is one way to prevent a wildfire.”

As a reminder, during a red flag warning or critical fire weather conditions, open flame is not allowed which includes natural gas, propane, and pellet barbecue grills, smokers, and fire pits. Additionally, open flame devices such as tiki torches and fireworks, including sparklers and firecrackers, are prohibited in California year-round. If you witness the illegal use of fireworks or campfires, please call 911.

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