Fire Restriction Information

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Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Fire Restrictions have been lifted in the Lake Tahoe Basin

October 16, 2018 SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - Seasonal fire restrictions have been lifted on National Forest Lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin. This means that campfires are once again allowed within metal fire rings at Blackwood Canyon, Luther Pass and Watson Lake campgrounds. However, please keep in mind that year-round fire restrictions prohibiting camping and campfires outside of designated locations remain in effect. We strongly encourage the use of gas/propane stoves with a valid campfire permit. View the Forest Order at

Eldorado National Forest 

Fire restrictions begin July 14 on the Eldorado National Forest

July 10, 2018  PLACERVILLE, Calif. - Fire restrictions go into effect in the Eldorado National beginning Saturday, July 14, announced Forest Supervisor, Laurence Crabtree. Read more at

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest 

Some fire restrictions lifted by USFS in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

October 13, 2018 SPARKS, Nev. - Bridgeport, Carson City, and Santa Rosa Ranger Districts on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest have lifted their Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, but the Mountain-City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District’s fire restrictions remain in place. Read more at

Tahoe National Forest

Fire restrictions lifted on Tahoe National Forest

October 12, 2018 NEVADA CITY, Calif. - As of Friday, October 12, 2018, the Tahoe National Forest has lifted Fire Restrictions on National Forest System Lands. Please be mindful to extinguish campfires completely before leaving the area. There is still potential for fires not fully extinguished to get out of control.

Residential Burning

Private property fire restrictions on the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin are regulated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).

CAL FIRE suspends burn permits in Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento and Alpine counties

June 8, 2018  CAMINO, Calif. After another wet winter, warming temperatures and winds are quickly drying out the abundant annual grass crop. The increasing fire danger posed by the high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento and Alpine Counties. This suspension takes effect June 11th, 2018 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves. Read more at

How are fire restrictions determined?

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. Fire restrictions can generally be expected in the dry, summer months from July into the fall, but can change throughout the year depending on conditions. Restrictions can vary from forest to forest. Please 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:

  • Regardless of restrictions, portable gas stoves are allowed in all areas with a free, valid California Campfire Permit, in accordance with the regulations listed on the permit.
  • Portable charcoal grills are only allowed in facility-provided stand-up grills. Portable charcoal grills are prohibited on National Forest beaches, in Desolation Wilderness or Meiss Country and along Genoa Peak Road or the Tahoe Rim Trail.   
  • When restrictions are not in effect, campfires are only allowed in metal fire rings provided in designated campgrounds. Campfires are prohibited on National Forest beaches, in Desolation Wilderness or Meiss Country and along Genoa Peak Road or the Tahoe Rim Trail.  
  • During fire restrictions, campfires are only allowed in campgrounds with an onsite host (exempted recreation sites), which will be listed on the Forest Order. Additional restrictions on other activities may also be in effect so it's best to know before you go. If you have questions regarding current restrictions, please check with our front desk staff at (530) 543-2600, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

Note: Before leaving, please extinguish your campfire properly using the soak, stir and feel method. Soak the fire with water, stir it with a shovel and with the back of your hand feel for any remaining heat. Repeat as needed and make sure it is cool to the touch before leaving it unattended.