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Suspension On Open Burning And Recreational Fires.

While recent rains this winter and spring have been a welcome sight in California, drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region prompting North Tahoe Fire Protection District (NTFPD) and Meeks Bay Fire Protection District (MBFPD) to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning, and recreational campfires. Recreational campfires meaning: bonfires, portable outdoor fireplaces, and recreational fires (CFC 202) (Campfires). The suspension, enforced by NTFPD Fire Chief, and MBFPD Fire Chief, take effect July 3, 2017.

Prohibited are all open burning bonfires, outdoor fireplaces (unless properly screened), and recreation fires as defined in CFC 202. Exemptions: Gas fireplaces (LPG, NG), manufactured portable fireplaces (properly screened), and BBQ’s. Fuel being burned in an LPG or LNG portable outdoor fireplace, or barbeques, and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height and is 15’ from a structure or combustible material for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes (CFC 307.4.3) is allowed. Renters (permanent or vacation) may have a campfire only if the property owner has provided written permission, and the renter has this letter in their possession (CA PRC 4433).

During red flag warning days, a declaration by the Fire Chief can be enforced prohibiting all Open Burning during that time period. (Local ordinance 307.1.2).

“Historically we have had many wildfires in our area that have been traced back to unattended campfires.” said NTFPD Fire Chief Michael Schwartz.

While outdoor burning of landscape debris by homeowners is no longer allowed, NTFPD and MBFPD is asking residents to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires by maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space around every home. “It’s important for residents to effectively maintain defensible space on their property. Maintaining defensible space will help limit the spread of wildfire.” Said NTFPD Fire Marshal Todd Conradson.

Here are some tips to help prepare homes and property:
• Clear all dead and or dying vegetation 100 feet from around all structures.
• Landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants
• Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris like chipping or hauling it to a biomass energy facility

For additional information on how to create Defensible Space, as well as tips to prevent wildfires, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

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