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Posted on: September 4, 2020

Keeping Tahoe safe, fire preparedness City focus for holiday weekend

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South Lake Tahoe, CA – As visitors come to South Lake Tahoe for the weekend, the City wants to make sure we do our part to keep everyone safe. Although people may want to take a vacation, the pandemic doesn’t so make sure you are following proper safety precautions.

“We all have to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially wearing a mask with the Governor allowing more indoor dining,” said City Manager Joe Irvin. 

The Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Chiefs Association announced new fire restrictions last month. Charcoal and wood fires are not allowed. Gas fires are allowed except on red flag days. If you do have an open flame in the basin, remember fire danger is high and gas fires should be closely monitored. 

“Although it may seem excessive or inconvenient, the new burn restrictions were put in place for good reason,” said Fire Chief Clive Savacool, “Fire danger is extremely high and with all the fires throughout the State, we all need to do our part to keep the Lake Tahoe Basin safe. Any illegal fires need to be reported immediately, for everyone’s safety.” 

Red flag conditions are issued for weather events which could result in extreme fire behavior in the next 24 hours. The City has launched a new public service campaign to make sure people understand what a Red Flag Day is and how they can help to protect Tahoe, that information can be found here

“Despite the crowds and all the City activity, it is important to remember that we are in the middle of a forest,” said Savacool, “Everyone needs to stay alert as to fire conditions and red flag warnings. Know your escape routes out of the Basin should an evacuation be ordered.” 

Campfires are included in the current list of unacceptable activities. If things change or get more dangerous, the information will be available through our website, and other communications channels. Evacuation information can be found here

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