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 30, 2015 – Fire restrictions on National Forest System lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin begin tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, and will remain in effect until the official end of fire season.  Campfires will be restricted to certain exempted recreation sites and other fire-related activities will be prohibited.  “Illegal and unattended campfires cause over 90 percent of wildfires in the Lake Tahoe Basin,” said fire management officer, Kit Bailey.  “Increased fire danger due to the ongoing drought and warmer weather is a big concern in Lake Tahoe.  Fire restrictions will help reduce the possibility of human caused fires.” Read the entire news release at


Tahoe National Forest

Fire Restrictions on the Tahoe National Forest Effective July 1

Nevada City, Calif.Fire restrictions will go into effect on July 1, 2015, within the Tahoe National Forest (public land), according to Tom Quinn, Forest Supervisor. “California is in its fourth year of drought,” said Quinn. “While May and June rain events slowed the drying out of fuels, hot and dry weather is now upon us, making fire restrictions necessary to provide a safe forest experience.” Read the entire news release at


Eldorado National Forest
Fire Restrictions In Effect for Fourth of July Weekend In the Eldorado National Forest

Placerville, Calif. - The Eldorado National Forest is preparing for one of the biggest recreation weekends of the year. All recreation facilities in the forest will be open except for Stumpy Meadows, Black Oak, and Big Meadows campgrounds which were damaged in the King Fire last summer. Campfire restrictions will go into effect on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 due to severe drought conditions, and will remain in effect for the duration of the 2015 fire season. Read the entire news release at


Plumas National Forest

Plumas National Forest fire restrictions effective June 30

Quincy, Calif. - June 18, 2015 - 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.