Fire Restrictions at Lake Tahoe

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Enhanced Fire Restrictions

June 15, 2021 - Enhanced fire restrictions are in effect. This means wood and charcoal fires and other fire-related activities are prohibited on National Forest System lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin, including developed campgrounds. Read the Forest Order at https://go.usa.gov/x6RvA. Unless restricted, portable pressurized gas stoves and appliances with an on/off switch are allowed with a valid California Campfire Permit obtainable at http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/.

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:

  • National Forest System lands in the Tahoe Basin are under year-round fire restrictions, which mean 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 fire 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/
  • During seasonal fire restrictions, campfires are only allowed in campgrounds with an onsite host. Additional restrictions on other activities may also be in effect so it's best to know before you go.
  • If you have questions regarding fire restrictions, please leave a message at 530-543-2600, or send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us and we will get back to you at our earliest convenience.
  • Always 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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