Fire Restriction Information

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Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Fire Restrictions in effect at Lake Tahoe

August 17, 2018 SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - Fire restrictions on National Forest System lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin began Friday, August 17, 2018, and will remain in effect through November 15. Warm temperatures and dry vegetation combined with numerous wildfires burning in our region prompted the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) to implement restrictions intended to safeguard our communities across the Tahoe Basin. Read more at

Eldorado National Forest 

Fire Restrictions begin July 14 on the Eldorado National Forest

July 10, 2018  PLACERVILLE, Calif. - Fire restrictions go into effect in the Eldorado National beginning Saturday, July 14, announced Forest Supervisor, Laurence Crabtree. Read more at

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest 

Fire restrictions on the Bridgeport and Carson Ranger Districts to Begin August 4

August 1, 2018 SPARKS, Nev. - Increased fuels due to the wet winter and spring, drying vegetation, high fuel loading, and increasing daytime temperatures have prompted the Bridgeport and Carson Ranger Districts on the Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest to announce the implementation of fire restrictions beginning August 4. Read more at

BLM Winnemucca District and USFS Santa Rosa Ranger District go into Fire Restrictions Effective Aug. 1

August 1, 2018 WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 12:01 a.m. and last until further notice on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Santa Rosa Ranger District in Northern Nevada. Fire restrictions are designed to protect people, property, firefighters, and the area's natural resources, and are in response to the exceptionally dry summer, heavy fuel loads, increased fire activity throughout the area, and continuing hot dry weather forecasts. Read more at

Southern Nevada fire restrictions announced

May 4, 2018  LAS VEGAS, Nev. - On May 4, the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Mt. Charleston Fire Prevention District, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service are implementing fire restrictions in Southern Nevada. Read more at  

Tahoe National Forest

Fire Restrictions in Effect on the Tahoe National Forest 

July 16, 2018 NEVADA CITY, Calif. - The U.S. Forest Service has ordered Fire Restrictions across the Tahoe National Forest, effective today, July 16, 2018. The decision to order fire restrictions came after an analysis of current fuel conditions and weather observations. This analysis revealed the potential to support large fire growth across the Tahoe National Forest. Read the Forest Order at

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 Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento and Alpine counties

June 8, 2018  CAMINO, Calif. After another wet winter, 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 Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento and Alpine Counties. This suspension takes effect June 11th, 2018 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves. Read more at

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. If you are thinking about recreating on your National Forest during this period, but can change throughout the year depending on conditions. 

Restrictions can vary from forest to forest. 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:

  • If no restrictions are in effect, you may use a portable gas stove or lantern with a valid California Campfire Permit, in accordance with the regulations listed on the permit.
  • Campfires and portable charcoal grills are only allowed in designated campgrounds, never on the beach, in Desolation Wilderness or Meiss Country or along Genoa Peak Road or the Tahoe Rim Trail.  
  • When restrictions are in effect, campfires are allowed only in exempted recreation sites, which will be listed on the Forest Order. Additional restrictions on other activities may also be in effect so know before you go. If you have questions regarding current restrictions, please check with our Front Desk at (530) 543-2600, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Note: 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.