Tahoe beach fires illegal | Camp fires must be in fire rings

Fortunately, this large, illegal campfire at Tallac Point (Kiva Beach) was discovered in mid-June and extinguished before it started a wildfire near the Tallac Historic Site. | Courtesy USFS

Residents and visitors are being reminded that beach fires are illegal, and U.S. Forest Service regulations only allow camp fires in metal fire rings or in standup grills provided in designated recreation sites, which includes campgrounds, resorts and day-use areas.

“Illegal campfires pose a serious risk to our neighborhoods and communities and are the cause of over 90 percent of wildfires in the Tahoe Basin,” said Jeff Marsolais, LTBMU forest supervisor, in a press release. “We need everyone’s help to prevent these unwanted fires and keep our communities safe.”

Gas or propane stoves are allowed in all areas with a free valid California Campfire Permit, available at any Forest Service office.

Camping is only allowed in designated areas. There is a maximum limit per calendar year of 14 days. These areas include Forest Service campgrounds and resorts; within 300 feet of the McKinney-Rubicon Springs Road (14N34) from its intersection with the OHV staging area, then west to its intersection with the boundary of the Tahoe National Forest; Buck Lake; Blackwood Canyon, Watson Lake and Luther Pass campgrounds; within 300 feet of the Tahoe Rim Trail; Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail from its intersection with the southern boundary of the LTBMU; Meiss Management area; Mt. Rose Wilderness; within 300 feet of Genoa Peak Road (14N32) from its intersection with White Hill Spur Road (14N32A) then south to its second intersection with Logan House Loop Road (14N33); and within Desolation Wilderness with a valid wilderness permit.

For details, read Forest Order Number 19-17-03 at fs.usda.gov.

Camping is prohibited in the following areas in the Tahoe Basin:

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