Fire Restriction Information

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

The Lake Tahoe Basin is not yet under restrictions.  However, please keep in mind that campfires and portable charcoal grills are only allowed in developed campgrounds, never on the beach or in the general forest.  

Eldorado National Forest 

Fire Restrictions in Effect in the Eldorado National Forest

PLACERVILLE, Calif. - Fire restrictions go into effect in the Eldorado National Forest August 18, announced Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. Wood and charcoal fires will be restricted to designated recreation sites and other fire related activities will be prohibited until the end of fire season. Gas or propane fires are allowed with a free 2017 California Campfire permit. Read more at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/eldorado/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD555392.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest 

Temporary Shooting Restriction Goes Into Effect on the Carson Ranger District Due to Increase in Shooting-Related Fires

CARSON CITY, Nev. - June 29, 2017 - Due to the risk of wildfires, the Carson Ranger District will be instituting a temporary shooting restriction. This restriction will go into effect on Friday, June 30, and remain in effect until Saturday, Sept. 30 or until conditions change. Read more at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/news-events/?cid=fseprd548271.

Tahoe National Forest

Fire Restrictions on the Tahoe National Forest Effective July 25

NEVADA CITY, Calif. Fire restrictions go into effect July 25 within the Tahoe National Forest. According to Forest Supervisor Eli Ilano, “After record precipitation this past winter, hot and dry summer weather has created conditions on the Forest that could support large fire growth. We want to ensure a fun and safe summer for everyone.” Read more at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tahoe/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD551387.

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 Sacramento, Amador, El Dorado and Alpine counties

CAMINO, Calif. - June 30, 2017After a wet winter, warming temperatures 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 Monday July 3rd, 2017 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves. Read more at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/ltbmu/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD550115.

How are fire restrictions determined?

Fire restrictions change throughout the year depending on fire hazard.  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, check this page before you arrive.

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 stove, lantern, charcoal BBQ, or wood campfire in accordance with the regulations listed on your permit.
  • When restrictions are in effect, campfires and charcoal BBQs are allowed only in exempted recreation sites (note: only Forest Service provided, standing BBQ grills may be used).  Only gas stoves and lanterns can be used in the general forest.  Additional restrictions to other activities may also be in effect so check back before you come.  If you have questions regarding current restrictions and their effect on your plans, please check with our Information Desk at (530) 543-2694.

Note: Please thoroughly drown and stir your fire and make sure it is cool to the touch before leaving it unattended.

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.