Fire Restrictions at Lake Tahoe

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Year-Round Fire Restrictions

Year-round fire restrictions are in effect on National Forest lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Wood and charcoal fires are only allowed within metal fire rings and grills in open, developed campgrounds. Unless restricted, portable stoves with on/off valves are permitted in other areas with a valid permit.

  • Year-Round Camping and Campfire Restrictions Forest Order
  • Under year-round fire restrictions, wood and charcoal fires are not permitted in Desolation Wilderness or Meiss Country; along the Pacific Crest or Tahoe Rim trails; in rock fire rings; on National Forest beaches; or in the general forest.
  • Enhanced fire restrictions can be implemented when dry conditions lead to increased wildfire danger. This means wood and charcoal fires may be restricted at developed campgrounds.
  • Unless restricted, propane stoves and appliances with an on/off valve are allowed in all areas with a valid permit.
  • Call 530-543-2600 during business hours (M-F; 8-4:30). If you reach the recording, we are helping another customer. Leave a message with your name and phone number and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You may also email us.
  • Always extinguish your wood or charcoal fire properly using the soak, stir and feel method. Soak the fire with water, stir with a shovel and feel for any remaining heat with the back of your hand. Repeat as needed and make sure it is cool to the touch before leaving it unattended.

Residential Burning

Private property fire restrictions for residential burning in the Lake Tahoe Basin are regulated by local fire districts. Find Your Local District's Contact Information

How are Fire Restrictions Determined?

Fire danger 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.