Fire Restriction Information

Current Restrictions

Fire restrictions begin July 1 in the Lake Tahoe Basin

South Lake Tahoe, Calif. --Beginning Monday, July 1, 2013, fire restrictions will go into effect on National Forest System land in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Campfires and charcoal barbecues will be restricted to designated recreation sites, and other fire-related activities will be prohibited until the end of fire season. “Weather patterns this winter and spring are similar to conditions in 2007, the year of the Angora Fire,” said Fire Prevention Officer, Beth Brady. “Even with the rain we have received, at this point, it won’t alleviate this summer’s high risk of wildfires.” Read More

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CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits, US Forest Service Initiates Fire Restrictions

Placerville/Camino/South Lake Tahoe  -With one of the driest winters on record, vegetation is drying earlier and the fire danger is rising. Beginning on June 17, 2013 CAL FIRE’s  Amador-El Dorado- Sacramento Unit will suspend dooryard burning permits and the Forest Service will begin fire restrictions in portions of Eldorado National Forest. Fire restrictions in the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will begin on July 1. Read More


CAL FIRE Officials Suspend Burn Permits, TNF Initiates Fire Restrictions

Nevada City, Calif. -Effective Saturday, June 1, 2013, residential burn permits will be suspended for Nevada, Placer, and Yuba Counties and fire restrictions will go into effect in the Tahoe National Forest announced both Brad Harris, CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief and Tom Quinn, Tahoe National Forest Supervisor. “Despite the recent, light rain, conditions in the foothills and the high country remain unseasonably dry for this time of year. Warming temperatures, dry winds, and very dry fuel moisture levels have prompted this early fire season response,” stated Quinn. “We have already seen fire activity that is not normally observed until late July or August. The unusual lack of rain this past winter and spring prompted the early burn ban and fire restrictions,” said Chief Harris. Read More



How are fire restrictions determined?

Fire restrictions change throughout the year depending on fire hazard.  Fire restrictions can generally be expected in the dry, summer months from July into the Fall.  If you are thinking about recreating on the forest during this period check this page before you come.

Restrictions can vary from forest to forest.  Check with the local forest where you are traveling for their current restrictions.  For the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit the general restrictions are below:

  • If no restrictions are in effect, you may use a stove, lantern, charcoal BBQ, or wood campfire in accordance with the regulations listed on your permit.
  • When restrictions are in effect, campfires and charcoal BBQs are allowed only in exempted recreation sites (note: only Forest Service provided, standing BBQ grills may be used).  Only gas stoves and lanterns can be used in the general forest.  Additional restrictions to other activities may also be in effect so check back before you come.  If you have questions regarding current restrictions and their effect on your plans, please check with our Information Desk at (530) 543-2694.

Note: Please thoroughly drown and stir your fire and make sure it is cool to the touch before leaving it unattended.

Fire hazard is determined by the fuel moisture content in an area (the amount of moisture present in the surrounding trees and brush) and by local weather patterns, which include the temperature, the prevailing winds, and the relative humidity.


What fire restrictions are in place for surrounding forests?

Follow the links provided below to view Fire Restrictions for other National Forests surrounding the Lake Tahoe Basin.