Fire Restriction Information

Current Restrictions

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Fire restrictions begin July 1 in the Lake Tahoe Basin

South Lake Tahoe, Calif., June 29, 2016 – Fire restrictions on National Forest System lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin begin Friday, July 1, 2016, and will remain in effect until the official end of fire season. Read more at


Tahoe National Forest

Fire Restrictions on the Tahoe National Forest effective July 11

Nevada City, Calif., July 7, 2016 – Fire restrictions will go into effect on July 11, 2016, within the Tahoe National Forest, according to Eli Ilano, Forest Supervisor. “Hot and dry weather has created conditions on the Forest that could support large fire growth,” said Ilano. “These fire restrictions are necessary to ensure a fun and safe summer for everyone.” Read more at


Eldorado National Forest

Fire Restrictions in effect and new fire information phone line for the Eldorado National Forest

Placerville, Calif., July 20, 2016 – Fire restrictions go into effect in the Eldorado National Forest beginning Thursday, July 21, announced Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. Wood and charcoal fires will be restricted to designated recreation sites and other fire related activities will be prohibited until the end of fire season. Gas or propane fires are allowed with a free 2016 California Campfire permit. The forest has also established a new fire information phone line for questions about fire activity during fire season: (530) 957-0488. Read more at


Plumas National Forest

Plumas National Forest fire restrictions effective June 30

Quincy, Calif. - June 26, 2016 - Fire restrictions will be effective soon within the Plumas National Forest (public land) according to Chris French, Acting Forest Supervisor. “We’ve quickly transitioned into warmer and dryer weather; fire season is here,” he said. Read the entire news release at



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.