Winter Brings End to Fire Restrictions

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The first storm of the season has allowed the lifting of fire restrictions on the Tahoe National Forest.

The restrictions were lifted effective 12:01 a.m. Sunday in the forest that covers the extreme northern end of the Sierra Nevada, including a large portion of Lake Tahoe.

"It's been a long fire season, and the rain and snow we received at the end of October have drastically lowered the fire danger," said Judie Tartaglia, deputy forest supervisor.

"The Tahoe has been lucky this season and we're grateful for all the assistance we received from the public during fire restrictions," she added.

With restrictions lifted, campfires are again allowed across the forest with a permit and chainsaw use again is permitted.

A powerful storm dumped up to 3 feet of snow in the Tahoe area on Friday and Saturday.