Residential burning to be suspended Sunday
July 29, 2010
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The U.S. Forest Service will suspend residential burning, also known as “dooryard” burning, for the remainder of the fire season on Sunday, according to a statement from the Forest Service.
The prohibition applies to debris burning in the Lake Tahoe Basin on private, state and federal lands in the El Dorado County and Placer County portions of Lake Tahoe Basin.
Residential debris burning is already banned in South Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District and the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District.
The residential burn ban will remain in effect until temperatures, winds and humidity allow for safer conditions, according to the statement.
Weather conditions have generally been warm and dry, leading fire protection officials to move to end residential debris burning due to increased risks.
The ban is for residential burns only and does not prevent federal, state and local fire managers from conducting prescribed fire operations necessary for fuels reduction on public lands, according to the statement.
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The ban also does not prohibit small, contained campfires on private land outside South Lake Tahoe city limits.
The Forest Service reminds everyone to properly extinguish all campfires.