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Campgrounds and Businesses Expect Busy Weekend

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If the weather is anything like it was on Monday, you can bet area campgrounds will be packed, this Memorial Day weekend.

In fact, many campgrounds around here have already been booked for the weekend.

Cindy Austin and her family have been camping at Boca Reservoir for 28 years.

"It's beautiful our here," Austin said. "The lake's starting to warm."

Her family got a head start on summer, camping there the last three nights.

She won't be there this weekend, but many others will be.

"I think it's going to be a very crowded holiday weekend," Mary Westmoreland, U.S. Forest Service Recreation Specialist said. "With the lack of snow we had this winter, folks have already been real anxious to get out here and camp."

The dry weather means most of the snow in the forest has melted.

So, most campgrounds in the Tahoe National Forest will be open, this weekend.

But that dry weather also means an earlier fire season.

"Keep your campfire low," Westmoreland said. "Keep it in the campfire pit that's provided for you. Make sure that the vegetation is cleared around the campfire ring, and extinguish it when you leave please."

"We give it a stir, make sure there's no hot coals," Austin said.

This area has seen wildfire before and it's something that campers say they don't take lightly.

"It would be really sad to come back to such a beautiful place and have it all black and ash," Austin said. "It takes years to rebuild it."

With so many people hitting the outdoors, it also means some places can see an uptick in business.

"This is the season for getting outside and Memorial Day really signals that," Jamie Klund, Cabela's Marketing Manger said.

Places like Cabela's are expecting a busy week. Campers are already shopping for things like tents, sleeping bags, and coolers.

It's the variety of Memorial Day activities is that Klund says really gives business a boost.

"It's hard to beat northern Nevada," Klund said. "You can hunt, fish, camp, hike. We've got white water, here. Anything you want to do outdoors, you can do it here."

Officials say if you're out on the water, this weekend, make sure to where a life jacket.

If you're going camping, they say to make reservations and be prepared for whatever kind of weather you might run into.

Written by Paul Nelson


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