Fire Management

Four individuals wearing hard hat and fire gear stand together in front of a vehicle.

Federal, state, and local land managers and fire agencies will continue to coordinate, communicate, and collaborate in responsive and cost-effective wildfire prevention and fuels reduction that will protect the people and values of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

What We Do

Fuels Management

FAM Mgmt SquareIn order to reduce the severity of wildfire behavior, improve defensible space around infrastructure and adjoining lands, and to enhance the forest ecosystem health, we utilize a wide variety of fuels treatment planning and implementation.

Prescribed Fire

Crew members conduct prescribed fire operations above Lake Tahoe.Prescribed fire is an important tool for ecosystem restoration and fuels management in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Fire Prevention

FAM Prevention SquareOur Fire Prevention Program is designed around educating forest visitors about preventing human-caused wildfires and enforcing our rules and regulations. Through multiple initiatives and campaigns, such as the “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire” initiative and our Smokey Bear educational programs, we work to ensure forest visitors are able to enjoy their activities on the forest while mitigating the risk of accidentally starting a wildfire.

Smoke Management

FAM Smoke SquareWhile fire is an important process for maintaining healthy forest ecosystems, fire managers in the Lake Tahoe Basin are sensitive to the need for smoke management during fire operations. We work collaboratively with the local and state air quality boards and districts to meet mandates and targets for our smoke management efforts.

Other Information

Fire Danger Rating

Fire Danger High TodayDo you know what the fire danger rating adjectives Low, Moderate, High, Very High, and Extreme mean?

Fire Restrictions

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit moves in and out of fire restrictions (i.e. burning and campfire restrictions) as the seasons change and the danger of wildfire increases or decreases.

Fire Information

FAM Info SquareCurious about a current fire? Need to report a fire? This page provides numerous resources and links available online—including to InciWeb, the nationwide online source for incident related information.


Being Ready—Wildfire Preparedness

It takes the combination of both Defensible space and the hardening of your home to really give your house the best chance of surviving a wildfire.

One Less Spark—One Less Wildfire

Whether it's ensuring a campfire or landscape debris burn of leaves and branches is completely extinguished, or keeping a vehicle well maintained to prevent sparks, following just a few simple steps can help prevent wildfires.


National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)

NIFC is located in Boise, Idaho, and is the nation's support center for wildland firefighting.

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

A strategic push to work collaboratively among all stakeholders and across all landscapes.