Fire danger high: Red flag warning issued for Lake Tahoe Basin
September 11, 2018
With stronger winds and low humidity in the forecast, a red flag warning has been issued for the Tahoe Basin.
The warning remains in effect from 1 p.m. today to 5 a.m. Thursday.
The combination of those two factors have formed a particularly dangerous situation, according to the National Weather Service.
“This is a particularly dangerous situation with extremely low humidity and high winds,” the service warns. “New fires will grow rapidly out of control, in some cases people may not be able to evacuate safely in time should a fire approach.
“Avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation, such as yard work, target shooting, or campfires. Follow local fire restrictions. Check weather.gov/reno for updates and livingwithfire.info for preparedness tips.”
On the North Shore, North Tahoe Fire Protection District (NTFPD) and Meeks Bay Fire Protection District (MBFPD) issued a declaration to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning and recreational campfires.
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Recreational campfires meaning: bonfires, portable outdoor fireplaces, and recreational fires. All open burning of solid fuels is prohibited during this period, which includes all recreation fires. Propane and natural gas fired appliances are allowed. Extreme caution should be used with charcoal barbecues.
MBFPD and NTFPD offered the following tips to help prepare homes and property:
• Clear all dead and or dying vegetation 100 feet from around all structures.
• Landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants
• Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris like chipping or hauling it to a biomass energy facility