Burning Restrictions Lifted in North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts

November 16th, 2020

North Tahoe Fire

Tahoe City, Calif. Nov. 16, 2020 – With the arrival of moisture, higher humidity and winter weather conditions, effective today, November 16, 2020, CAL FIRE lifted the burn permit suspension that has been in place in Placer and El Dorado counties during fire season. Following CAL FIRE’s lifting of fire restrictions, which indicates the end of our local fire season, the Fire Chief has lifted local fire restrictions for North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts. Those possessing current and valid residential burn permits may resume burning on permissible burn days. CAL FIRE and the Air Resource Board, in conjunction with the Counties’ Air Quality Management Districts, regulate "burn" and "no burn" days. Burn permits are required and residents must verify if a day is a permissible burn day through the Placer County Air Quality Management District for permit holders in the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, or the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District for permit holders in the Meeks Bay Fire Protection District. The burning of wood and charcoal is never permitted at Short-Term Rentals.

• Renters must have written authorization from the property owner in their possession in order to obtain a permit.
• Maximum pile size shall be 4 feet in diameter.
• The area within 10 feet of the outer edge of the pile shall be maintained free and clear of all flammable material and vegetation.
• There must be a responsible adult in attendance with a shovel until the fire is dead out. There must be a water supply at the burning site.

No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (particularly wind) are such that burning can be considered safe. Safe residential pile burning of green waste is an important tool in reducing fire hazards resulting from the buildup of forest residue. For more information on burning and to apply for a permit, visit the CAL FIRE website at https://www.readyforwildfire.org/prevent-wildfire/debris-burning/. For information
on creating defensible space around your home, visit Tahoe Living With Fire.

Contact: Erin Holland, Public Information Officer, North Tahoe Fire, holland@ntfire.net, 530-308-1158