SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif .– All open fires and recreational fires have been banned in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
On Monday May 10, Cal Fire’s Amador / El Dorado unit suspended burning permits for the season and on May 24, the Nevada Yuba Placer unit followed suit, resulting in the total suspension of residential burning permits.
Following the adoption of the 2019 Fire Code, only natural gas or propane outdoor fireplaces and barbecues, as well as pellet grills / smokers are permitted year round, except in the event of a red flag. or critical fire weather conditions. All of these devices should be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Open flame devices such as tiki torches and all fireworks, including sparklers and firecrackers, are illegal in California year round. For reports of dangerous / illegal campfires, people should call 9-1-1, and illegal fireworks activity should be reported to local law enforcement.
“Wood vegetation already at summer drought levels, and above normal fire activity is projected in the Sierra and Tahoe areas this summer and likely into the fall,” said Steve Leighton, chief of staff. PFNLP firefighters. “We have seen the devastation caused by the fires in California over the past several years of fire, and we ask our residents and visitors to adhere to our fire restrictions to protect this precious area which is undergoing severe drought.”
All sources of open flames, including outdoor natural gas or propane fireplaces and barbecues, and pellet / smoking grills are prohibited during red flag / critical weather fire conditions. Red Flag Alerts and Critical Weather Warnings of Fire in the Tahoe Basin are issued by the Reno National Weather Service.
“The National Weather Service will issue a fire weather watch approximately 3-5 days prior to critical fire weather conditions, including high winds and low humidity,” said Chris Smallcomb, NWS / PIO alert coordination meteorologist. . “Once the confidence levels are high enough, it turns into a red flag warning, usually one to three days in advance. Our fire service partners use alerts to guide staffing and resource decisions, not only at the local level, but also in regional and multi-state areas. “
Residents are urged to prepare for wildfires by maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of defensible space around each structure.
“It is essential that residents effectively maintain a defensible space to improve their homes’ chances of survival against surface fires and ember showers,” said NWFP Fire Marshal Steve McNamara. “Please register for free inspections of defensible spaces and free residential chips.”
Here are some tips to help you prepare homes and properties for forest fires:
Keep at least 5 feet free of combustible material around each structure.
For a distance of at least 30 feet from the house, keep the area lean, clean, and green.
Clear away any dead or dying vegetation within 100 feet of all structures.
Landscape with fire and drought resistant plants.
Find alternative ways to remove debris from the landscape through shredding or green waste collection opportunities.