Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit takes steps to reduce human caused wildfires

June 2nd, 2020

U.S. Forest Service

Pacific Southwest Region

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Media contact:  Lisa Herron

(530) 543-2815


Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit takes steps to reduce human caused wildfires

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., June 1, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is enacting campfire restrictions to protect the health and safety of employees and communities, effective immediately and until further notice. Outside of developed campgrounds and certain permitted facilities, igniting, building, maintaining or using a fire on national forests in California will be prohibited.

Forest Service officials are taking this necessary step to ensure that firefighters are available to safely respond and manage incidents. In California, 95 percent of all wildfires are human caused.

With the above-normal fire season projected in much of California, and the combined potential for wildfires and smoke to impact communities and firefighters, we need to reduce or eliminate this large ignition source and protect our firefighting resources.

Forest visitors will still be able to use pressurized liquid or gas devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) with shut-off valves, in an area at least three feet from any flammable materials.

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