Fire Restriction Information

Current Restrictions

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Forest Service to lift fire restrictions

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will lift fire restrictions on National Forest System lands beginning Friday, October 3, 2014. "Although fire restrictions will be lifted on Friday, remember campfires are never allowed in the Desolation Wilderness," said Forest Service fire management officer Kit Bailey. Visit to read the news release.


Tahoe National Forest
Tahoe National Forest Lifts Fire Restrictions

orest Supervisor Tom Quinn announced that fire restrictions in the Tahoe National Forest have been lifted today, September 30, 2014. Visit to read the news release.


Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest
BLM, Forest Service, NDF, BIA and USFWS Lifting Western Nevada Fire Restrictions on Tuesday, September 2

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District Office, the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (USFS), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) announce the lifting of fire restrictions that have been in place since May 30, 2014. Restrictions will expire at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday morning, September 2, 2014. Visit to read the news release.


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



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.