Clear dead vegetation and set tents 15 feet away from the fire pit.
Always have eyes on the fire (don’t leave to hike, sleep, etc.)
Hot cars spark wildfires! Be aware that off-roading can produce sparks and ignite dried needles. Take precautions like having an approved spark arrestor and keep hot vehicles clear of grass and vegetation when driving and parking.
When extinguishing a fire, use a shovel, water and the “drown, stir and feel method.” Make sure the fire is DEAD OUT and completely cold before you leave it.
Allow your fire to burn down to the coals.
Pour water on the campfire completely wetting all the ashes.
Using a shovel, mix the water with ashes and embers thoroughly.
Feel with the back of your hand for heat, make sure nothing is still warm
If it is too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave – repeat the steps above!
Fires are ONLY allowed in designated campgrounds with a metal fire ring. Clear all flammable vegetation from the ground for 5 feet in all directions from the fire. Keep your fire small and under control, Think of the fire in a cube 2 x2 x 2 feet. Beware of low-hanging tree branches overhead.
For BBQ, use propane gas instead of charcoal or wood to reduce the danger from embers. Small hot embers can travel for miles in wind, don’t let your Tahoe fun turn into a wildfire nightmare, BBQ responsibly.