Site of Gondola Fire closed to the public
U.S. Forest Service officials issued an emergency order Thursday closing public access to forest land burned by the Gondola Fire.
The order is meant to protect the public from hazardous conditions in and around the 672-acre burn area. Signs telling people to stay out will be erected today at access points around the fire line, said Rex Norman, U.S. Forest Service information officer.
The order will not affect public use of any part of the Tahoe Rim Trail, which is near the closed area.
The fire charred land managed by the Forest Service, Nevada State Parks and California Tahoe Conservancy. All three agencies have agreed to the order, Norman said.
The western border of closed land starts at the Heavenly gondola, runs east to Heavenly’s Boulder lift and north to the border of the Tahoe Nevada State Park near the state line. Heavenly’s Stagecoach ski run and Olympic Downhill run will also act as borders.
The land will remain off limits to the public until further notice. For more information, call the Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit at (530) 573-2600.