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North Tahoe Fire Danger: Fire District Bans Charcoal Fires

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) -- Firing up a charcoal barbecue will not be a part of this summer's gatherings in the Truckee-North Lake Tahoe area.

The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District said starting Monday it would join the ban on charcoal fires currently in place in Placer and Nevada counties because of the region's lack of precipitation and the extreme fire danger due from the exceedingly dry conditions.

The district said the charcoal ban was effective immediately and in addition to the fire restrictions previously enacted on May 6. It would prohibit its use in Incline Village General Improvement District's (IVGID) parks and beaches.

"Given the critical weather conditions, lack of precipitation and potential extreme fire behavior statewide and in our region, we are joining our neighboring fire districts in an effort to strengthen our resiliency against the threat of wildfire in the Lake Tahoe Basin", said fire district Chief Ryan Sommers in a press statement.

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