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/charcoal are only allowed within metal fire rings in designated campgrounds like Fallen Leaf or Nevada Beach. Campfires/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/charcoal are only allowed within metal fire rings in campgrounds with an onsite host. Campfires/charcoal are now allowed in Blackwood Canyon, Luther Pass or Watson Lake campgrounds.   

Eldorado National Forest 

Seasonal fire restrictions are currently not in effect on the Eldorado National Forest.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest 

BLM Elko District and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District Announce Fire Restrictions Effective Aug. 15

August 14, 2019, SPARKS, Nev. - Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 12:01 a.m. and last until further notice on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District in Northeastern Nevada. Fire restrictions are designed to protect people, property, firefighters, and the area's natural resources, and are in response to the exceptional dry summer, heavy fuel loads, increased fire activity throughout the area, and continuing hot dry weather forecasts. Read the news release at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD649908.

Tahoe National Forest

Fire restrictions effective August 21, 2019

August 23, 2019, NEVADA CITY, Calif. - The U.S. Forest Service has ordered Fire Restrictions across the Tahoe National Forest effective Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The decision to order fire restrictions came after an analysis of current fuel conditions, weather observations, and forecasts. This analysis revealed the potential to support large fire growth across the Tahoe National Forest. Read the news release at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tahoe/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD657315

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 Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, and Sacramento Counties

June 18, 2019, CAMINO, Calif. - After another wet winter and above average snow pack, 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 Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, and Sacramento Counties. This suspension takes effect June 17th, 2019 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves. Read the news release at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/ltbmu/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD639208.

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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