South Lake Tahoe, Calif., –The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will lift fire restrictions on National Forest System lands beginning Friday, October 3, 2014. “Although fire restrictions will be lifted on Friday, we want to remind backcountry users that campfires are not allowed in any wilderness areas including the Desolation Wilderness,” said Forest Service fire management officer Kit Bailey.
In 2004, the LTBMU adopted a set of fire regulations that restrict where campfires are allowed year-round. Most of the Lake Tahoe backcountry is “stove only” with a valid campfire permit. This regulation applies within the Desolation Wilderness, where a stove only regulation has been in place for more than 10 years.
For more information about backcountry fire regulations and how to obtain a campfire permit, call the Forest Supervisor’s office in South Lake Tahoe at (530) 543-2694. To learn more about residential burning, contact CAL FIRE or your local fire department or fire protection district.