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Tahoe-Douglas extends burn permit time

B.H. Bose

Due to extended wet weather, and El Nino’s reluctance to leave the area, the Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District has extended its burn permit date two weeks.

Originally, the last day small controlled burns were allowed by the district was June 7. However, because of snow and rain, there hasn’t been much time for residents to get out and burn. Bruce VanCleemput, assistant fire chief with Tahoe-Douglas, contacted the Nevada Environmental Protection Agency and obtained an extension through June 28.

“I was hoping things would dry out this week, but it is wet out there and it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen,” VanCleemput said.

Burn permits usually are issued twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. During that time, residents may stop at fire stations and pick up a permit. Permits are free and allow burning from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on days that are not deemed hazardous by the district.

“Each day before somebody burns they have to call us and alert the dispatcher center. We can say no because of high winds, but rarely do we not allow it,” VanCleemput said.

Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District covers the area from Kingsbury Grade to Glenbrook.

“Burning is for hazard reduction. People bring their limbs, pine cones, needles, stuff that litters the yard in the winter and get rid of it by burning rather than putting it in the local dump,” VanCleemput said.

Permits that were good through June 7 are now valid to June 28. The center can be reached at (702) 782-5297.

So far this spring, 170 people have requested burn permits, VanCleemput said. Eighty permits were issued for Roundhill, 30 for Zephyr Cove, 30 for Kingsbury, and 30 for Glenbrook.

Burn permits in California for the unincorporated areas between Emerald Bay and Heavenly are still available. In fact, a closing date has yet to be determined by the California Department of Forestry or the Lake Valley Fire Protection District.

“Normally it is July 1, but we are definitely going to July 15,” said John Ceko, Lake Valley’s fire chief. “The CDF forester declares the fire ban, but I have the option of deciding sooner.”

According to Ceko, because of the weather, the final day for the Lake Valley district, which covers nearly 90 square miles, might even go to the end of July.

Burning within city limits is typically not allowed, except in special circumstances.

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