Friday, April 3, 2015

Careless Camper Starts Fire in Desolation Wilderness

Dry forest conditions already exists.

A high fire danger already exists in the high country. The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit reported a wildfire that started Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from an illegal camp fire. This campfire was at Granite Lake in the Desolation Wilderness during a period of high winds.

Firefighters responded quickly and were able to keep the fire from spreading. The Forest Service advises that illegal and unattended campfires cause over 90 percent of wildfires in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Fire managers are concerned about the impact from illegal campfires, especially since we are in our fourth year of drought.

Campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds and are not allowed on National Forest Beaches or in the Desolation Wilderness.

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