Fire Restriction Information

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Developed Recreation Site Fire Restrictions

Developed recreation site fire restrictions are in effect through Nov. 30, 2020. This means that wood and charcoal fires are not permitted in developed campgrounds. 

Seasonal Fire Restrictions

Seasonal fire restrictions are in effect through Nov. 30, 2020. Seasonal fire restrictions mean that wood and charcoal fires are only allowed within metal fire rings in campgrounds with an onsite host. Read the news release at https://go.usa.gov/xwb6w.

Year-Round Fire Restrictions

National Forest System lands in the Tahoe Basin are under year-round fire restrictions. This means wood and charcoal fires are only allowed within metal fire rings in designated campgrounds. Wood or charcoal fires are not allowed 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. Read the Forest Order at https://go.usa.gov/xf6SJ. Unless restricted, portable pressurized gas stoves and appliances with an on/off switch are allowed with a valid California Campfire Permit at http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/.

Eldorado National Forest

Eldorado National Forest Takes Steps to Reduce Human Caused Wildfires 

May 28, 2020 - The Eldorado National Forest is enacting campfire restrictions to protect the health and safety of employees and communities. These restrictions will be in effect May 29, 2020 through November 30, 2020. Igniting, building, maintaining or using a fire on the Eldorado National Forest is prohibited under these restrictions, with the exception of certain developed campgrounds and permitted facilities where stoves and fire rings are provided. Read the entire news release at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/eldorado/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD745343 and see Forest Order 03-20-11 for details or visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado/ for more information.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Nevada Public Land Agencies Announce Statewide Fire Restrictions in Response to Severe Wildfire Risks

May 29, 2020 - Nevada's public land management agencies remain committed to protecting all residents and visitors through fostering wildfire-resilient landscapes and cummunities. As the weather warms up and Nevadans spend more time outdoors, land managers are encouraging residents to recreate safely and responsibly to help prevent wildifres, protect lives and property, and preserve our precious natural wonders that we all love. Read the entire news release at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD74540 or visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/htnf/ for more information.

Tahoe National Forest

Tahoe National Forest Enters Fire Restrictions

May 29, 2020 - The Tahoe National Forest is enacting campfire restrictions to protect the health and safety of employees and communities, effective immediately and until further notice. Outside of developed campgrounds and certain permitted facilities, igniting, building, maintaining or using a fire on national forests in California will be prohibited. Read the entire news release at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tahoe/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD745397 or visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe/ for more information. 

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/.

CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits in Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, and Sacramento Counties  

June 10, 2020 - 2020 started out with the driest February since the 1850’s in California. This coupling with warming temperatures and recent winds are quickly drying out the annual grass crop. The increasing fire danger posed by 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 Areas of Alpine, Amador, El Dorado and Sacramento Counties. This suspension takes effect at 12:00 AM on Monday, June 15, 2020 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves. Read more at https://go.usa.gov/xwPAu.

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. For exempted recreation sites, visit Fire Restrictions Order No. 19-20-04. 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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