As public fireworks displays are cancelled in our own community, we would like to remind everyone to refrain from using consumer fireworks when celebrating during the July 4th holiday weekend. Fireworks are illegal to possess or discharge on any property, public or private (including US Forest Service) in the Tahoe Basin. This includes all consumer fireworks (fireworks purchased by individuals) known as “safe and sane” brought in from out of the area. Washoe County, Douglas County, and Carson City enforce civil and criminal penalties for possession and/or use of fireworks.
“With our current fire season restrictions, due to critical weather conditions, lack of precipitation and potential extreme fire behavior statewide and, in our region, we remind everyone the use of solid fuel (wood and charcoal) burning is banned until further notice. Also, all forms of open flame are prohibited during red flag/critical fire weather conditions,” said Fire Chief Ryan Sommers.
The use of consumer fireworks can lead to fires, devastating burns, other injuries, and even death. Not only are safety precautions a concern, but the cost of suppression and any other injury or liability caused by fireworks is also the direct responsibility of those persons using fireworks. Anyone with fireworks may turn them into any fire station in any fire district without penalty at any time.
In addition to the harm consumer fireworks can inflict on individuals, these unnecessary incidents can also place undue burdens on first responders. Please avoid consumer use of fireworks to help reduce the number of preventable incidents that require response and care. For more information on Fireworks safety visit nfpa.org.
If you plan on water recreation activities on Lake Tahoe, please remember the temperature can be colder than most, as it is an Alpine Lake. Whether boating, jet skiing, kayaking, rafting, paddleboarding or swimming, it is important to inform yourself about the colder temperatures. Also, please check for red flag conditions before heading out on the lake forecasted weather.
Please join us for our Community Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, July 3rd, 8 a.m – 10 a.m., we will be serving complimentary pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, and hot coffee! We will also be offering the Janssen vaccine (one dose) that protects against COVID-19 during the event to interested individuals ages 18+. Pre-registration is appreciated but we will also accommodate day-of requests while supplies last. Visit vaccinateincline.com to register!