Fire Restriction Information

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Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

National Forest System lands in the Tahoe Basin are under year-round fire restrictions. This means that campfires and charcoal are only allowed within metal fire rings in designated campgrounds like Fallen Leaf or Nevada Beach. Campfires and charcoal are not allowed in Desolation Wilderness or Meiss Country; along the Tahoe Rim Trail or Genoa Peak Road; in any existing rock fie rings; on National Forest beaches; or in the general forest. Portable pressurized gas stoves are allowed in all areas with a valid California Campfire Permit obtainable online at http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/

Seasonal fire restrictions are currently not in effect in the Tahoe Basin. Seasonal fire restrictions mean that campfires and charcoal are only allowed within metal fire rings in campgrounds with an onsite host.     

Eldorado National Forest 

For Eldorado National Forest information on seasonal fire restrictions, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado/.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest 

For Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest information on seasonal fire restrictions, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/htnf/.

Tahoe National Forest

For Tahoe National Forest information on seasonal fire restrictions, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe/

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). For the latest information on residential burning, visit CAL FIRE at https://www.fire.ca.gov/.

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.

 





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