Residential burning ends at Lake Tahoe |

Residential burning ends at Lake Tahoe

Residential burning in the Lake Tahoe Basin is now probited, fire officials announced.

The ban coincides with a similar ban in Nevada. With a California side ban now in effect, residential burns have ended for the season basinwide, said Cheva Heck, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

Warm and dry weather has moved into the basin earlier than in recent years, and fire protection officials made the move to end residential burning earlier than is typical due to increased risks in and near residential areas.

This burn ban is for residential burns, and does not prevent federal, state and local fire managers from conducting needed prescribed fire work for fuels reduction on public lands, Heck said.

Prescribed fire work is conducted by fully equipped wildland firefighting crews, under favorable weather conditions.

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