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.

Wildfire Prevention

Left side is an image of Smokey Bear and a campfire. Right side is an image of wildfire prev. teamMost fires are preventable. You come to Lake Tahoe to enjoy the great outdoors, which may involve a campfire. Stay safe by thinking first! Keep in mind that campfires are only allowed in metal fire rings in designated campgrounds. Thoroughly douse your campfire before going to sleep or heading out for a hike. Make sure the campfire is contained completely within the metal fire ring. Have a bucket of water and a shovel on-hand to put the fire out. Make your trip to Tahoe safe, responsible, and fun by thinking first about fire safety. And remember, leave fireworks to the professionals!

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

Seasonal fire restrictions are now in effect! Find out where campfires are allowed at

National Forest System lands in the Tahoe Basin are under year-round fire restrictions. This means 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. Follow the link above to learn more about fire restrictions.

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.