Fire restrictions in place for Lake Tahoe basin

Fire restrictions in place for Lake Tahoe basin
Lake Tahoe. Image: Gabby Dodd

LAKE TAHOE – Fire restrictions are in effect for all state lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin starting May 27 and remaining in effect until further notice. The ban includes all Nevada State Park and Recreation areas in the basin including Spooner Lake and backcountry, Sand Harbor, Van Sickle Park and Cave Rock.

The Nevada Division of Forestry has put the ban in place, aligning with restrictions already in place from the U.S. Forest Service and other fire districts around the lake.

Prohibited activities include:

  • Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire, except a portable stove using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel. 
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle. 
  • Welding, or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.
  • Using any explosive, except by permit. 
  • Discharge, use, or allowing the use of fireworks, tracer rounds, steel-core ammunition, explosive targets, or any other incendiary device. 
  • Operating a motor vehicle or combustion engine equipment without a spark arrestor and off of existing paved, gravel or dirt roads. 
  • Operating a vehicle or other motorized equipment in wildland areas without an ax, shovel, and at least one gallon of water. 
  • Discharging a firearm in an area where a Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.  

Exceptions are in place for those with a valid permit. Penalties include fines of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail, plus any restitution should a fire occur.

Source: NDF