Fire Restriction Information

Current Restrictions

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Fire restrictions begin today in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Beginning Thursday, June 26, 2014, fire restrictions go into effect 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.  “With record drought conditions in the West, agencies in both California and Nevada are anticipating increased fire activity,” said Fire Management Officer, Kit Bailey.  “Fire restrictions help reduce the possibility of accidental human caused fires.” For more information about fire restrictions in the Lake Tahoe Basin, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/ltbmu/news-events/?cid=STELPRD3806096.

 

Tahoe National Forest
Fire Restrictions in Effect on the Tahoe National Forest

Fire restrictions went into effect on June 1, 2014, within the Tahoe National Forest (public land) according to Tom Quinn, Forest Supervisor. “California is in the middle of a drought and here on the Tahoe National Forest we’re already seeing conditions similar to what we typically see in July,” said Quinn. “With hot and dry weather in the forecast, fire restrictions are necessary to provide a safe forest experience.” For more information about fire restrictions on the Tahoe National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tahoe/news-events/?cid=STELPRD3803041.

 

 

Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest
Fire Restrictions in Western Nevada Start May 30

Exceptionally dry dead and live fuel moistures in the mixed conifer stands west of Highway 395, lingering drought conditions, increasing daytime temperatures and some human-caused fires have prompted the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District Office, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) to announce the implementation of fire restrictions on Friday, May 30, 2014, at 12:01 a.m., and lasting until further notice. For more information about fires restrictions on the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/news-events/?cid=STELPRD3802228.

 

Eldorado National Forest
Eldorado National Forest goes into fire restrictions June 14

Fire restrictions go into effect in the Eldorado National Forest beginning June 14, announced Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. Campfires and charcoal barbeques will be restricted to designated recreation sites and other fire related activities will be prohibited until the end of fire season. For more information about fires restrictions on the Eldorado National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/eldorado/news-events/?cid=STELPRD3804554.

 

Bureau of Land Management
BLM Announces Fire Restrictions for Lands Managed by Mother Lode Field Office

Effective immediately, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is implementing fire restrictions on public lands managed by the Mother Lode Field Office. This includes approximately 23,000 accres of BLM-managed lands in Nevada, Yuba, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Sacramento, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Sutter and Mariposa Counties. The fire restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.  For more information about fire restriction on Bureau of Land Management public lands, visit, http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/may/firerestrictions-MotherLode.html.  

 

 

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.