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Fire safety: No fireworks allowed on forest service basin lands

LAKE TAHOE – With the Fourth of July fast approaching, the U.S. Forest Service wants residents and visitors to remember fireworks are illegal in the basin.

Possession of fireworks of any kind, including sparklers, is illegal, and campfires and charcoal barbecue grills aren’t permitted on forest service beaches or in the general forest, according to a press release.

An alcohol ban will also be in effect on Nevada Beach, within Zephyr Cove Resort and Zephyr Shoals (the former Dreyfus Estate). Law enforcement, including the forest service, Douglas County and Carson County sheriffs and private security will be patrolling those areas, according to the release.

Day-use fees for the Fourth of July at Pope, Baldwin and Nevada beaches will again be $20 this year to cover increased security and facility maintenance costs on the holiday. The beaches have become increasingly popular for Tahoe visitors and locals on the Fourth of July.

This year, additional concern is the high volume of runoff from snowmelt in area rivers, creeks and waterfalls, according to the release, making many area waterways difficult or impossible to cross.

For more information, visit the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit website at