Illegal campfires are major cause of wildfires in Lake Tahoe Basin |

Illegal campfires are major cause of wildfires in Lake Tahoe Basin

Illegal or unattended campfires in the Basin cause more than 90 percent of wildfires. In the greater Lake Tahoe area, campfires and charcoal barbecues are not allowed on beaches or in the forest outside of developed campsites and campfires are never allowed in the Desolation Wilderness. A valid campfire permit is required to have a campfire or propane/gas stove on any public land. Before you light a campfire fire, here are a few things to consider:

For more information about fire restrictions and how to obtain a campfire permit, call the Forest Supervisor’s office in South Lake Tahoe at (530) 543-2694, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

June is Wildfire Awareness Month in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Visit the Living with Fire in Lake Tahoe website at to learn more.

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