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Charcoal Fire Restrictions Effective Immediately

August 27, 2020

Contact: Tia Rancourt


Public Education/Information Officer
North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District

Charcoal Fire Restrictions Effective Immediately

Our Federal and State land management officials have declared the Lake Tahoe Basin to be in extreme fire danger due to exceedingly dry conditions, critical weather, increasing fire danger and poor air quality.

In addition to the previously enacted fire restrictions, set forth April 21, 2020; effective immediately, the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District has declared fire season restrictions to prohibit the use of charcoal. This ban is in effect until further notice and applies to the IVGID beach charcoal grilling areas. These restrictions are in coordination with our land management officials and fire agency partners around the Lake Tahoe Basin.

“Given the critical weather conditions and extreme fire behavior statewide and in our region, we are joining our neighboring fire districts in an effort to strengthen our resiliency against the threat of wildfire in the Lake Tahoe Basin”, said Fire Chief Ryan Sommers.

This is also a reminder during Red Flag Warnings, all sources of outdoor open flame, including gas fire pits/grills and pellet grills/smokers are prohibited.
The National Weather Service (NWS) Reno issues Red Flag Warnings to alert land management officials and fire agencies when the potential of critical weather that could lead to wildfire activity. With our drought conditions and dry vegetation, we have been experiencing a higher than average number of Red Flag Warning days thus far this summer.

Click here for the official Press Release

To learn more about how to prepare for wildfire, please visit here.