U.S. Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

U.S. Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit News, photos and updates from the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
The USDA Forest Service manages a system of 155 national forests, 20 national grasslands, and 222 research and experimental forests, as well as other special areas, covering more than 192 million acres of public land. The Forest Service has evolved into a 30,000 employee agency that manages the national forests for a number of multiple uses, including recreation, timber, wilderness, minerals, water, grazing, fish, and wildlife.
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Over 78% of the area around the lake is public land managed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service. Totaling over 150,000 acres, this land includes beaches, hiking and biking trails, wilderness, historic estates and developed recreation areas such as campgrounds and riding stables. The forest is managed to provide access for the public and to protect the natural resources of the area. We hope you will join us in ensuring that the lake and surrounding lands remain as beautiful and undisturbed as possible.

Mission: The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Excellent advice from our partners at the Bureau of Land Management! Also, be sure to only build campfires in approved l...
07/29/2020

Excellent advice from our partners at the Bureau of Land Management! Also, be sure to only build campfires in approved locations.

Never leave a campfire unattended, even for just a few minutes. Some #wildfires start because campers thought their fires were out or because they abandoned them. Adult supervision is always required! #RecreateResponsibly #WildfireSafety

Nevada Department of Wildlife
07/29/2020

Nevada Department of Wildlife

Well, it’s that time of year western Nevada… hyperphagia is setting in and our bears are looking to fatten up before sleeping for a bit this winter. Unfortunately, due to lower snowpack and a very dry summer, there is little to no natural food available to bears in the higher elevations this year. What that means is that bears are going to be searching far and wide for those critical 25,000 daily calories they need. Coinciding with this lack of natural food is a great fruit tree year in the valleys.

Whether you live by the Carson Range or the Virginia Foothills, there are going to be bears looking for an easy meal! It’s up to you to live responsibly and this means securing your garbage, bird feeders and other common attractants such as fruit trees. Keeping on top of your fruit may not be enough this year as the bears are in apple trees already. If your fruit tree is important to you, consider putting up an electric fence around the perimeter of your tree, as far out as the branches go. If you have apiaries, chickens or smaller livestock, we advise electric fencing to protect them as well. For information on electric fencing and resources for securing your trash(also extremely important to do right now!) visit our website at the link below.

Remember…you live in bear country so you need to secure anything that attracts a bear. If one bear is coming to your property then chances are more will follow. Attractants at the urban-wildland interface also lead to more bears being hit by cars as they are moving farther and wider in search of food, Please be vigilant about bears crossing roads and highways when you are out driving! We want you and the bears to be safe!

Please help us keep our bears wild!! Visit our website for solutions to potential attractants: http://www.ndow.org/Nevada_Wildlife/Bear_Logic/

#RecreateResponsibly #InclusiveOutdoors
07/29/2020

#RecreateResponsibly #InclusiveOutdoors

To reduce human caused wildfires, campfires are restricted outside of developed campgrounds. Persons with a valid CA Cam...
07/29/2020

To reduce human caused wildfires, campfires are restricted outside of developed campgrounds. Persons with a valid CA Campfire Permit are still required to follow the statewide fire restrictions. The permit allows the use of portable stoves or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel.

#LakeTahoeUSFS continues to encourage responsible recreation practices be maintained at all times, including the followi...
07/28/2020

#LakeTahoeUSFS continues to encourage responsible recreation practices be maintained at all times, including the following:

As a reminder, fire restrictions are in effect and campfires are currently not allowed at Bayview and Kaspian campground...
07/28/2020

As a reminder, fire restrictions are in effect and campfires are currently not allowed at Bayview and Kaspian campgrounds.

Read more about fire restrictions and what they mean at https://go.usa.gov/xVDZw.

Portable pressurized gas stoves with an on/off switch are allowed at Bayview and Kaspian with a valid California Campfire Permit obtainable at https://www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/campfire-permit/.

US National Weather Service Sacramento California
07/27/2020

US National Weather Service Sacramento California

Mountain thunderstorms are expected again today with the best chances towards the crest and over the Shasta County mountains. Keep these lightning safety tips in mind if in the mountains today.

In case you missed it . . .Parking improvement work is scheduled to begin today, July 27, at Sawmill Pond.Parking areas ...
07/27/2020

In case you missed it . . .

Parking improvement work is scheduled to begin today, July 27, at Sawmill Pond.

Parking areas will be reconditioned to provide an updated parking facility for public use. This may cause a temporary interruption of access in the parking area, driveway and restrooms.

Impacts to visitors may include temporary closures of the driveway and parking spots by the road, and intermittent closures of Twin Peaks Road.

Work is expected to be completed in two to four weeks.

As a reminder, July is Wildfire Awareness Month and the perfect time to prepare for the next wildfire. Learn how at Taho...
07/27/2020

As a reminder, July is Wildfire Awareness Month and the perfect time to prepare for the next wildfire. Learn how at Tahoe Living With Fire.

Wildfires are unavoidable. Being prepared isn't.

Celebrate Wildfire Awareness Month by preparing for wildfire with Tahoe Living With Fire

#takecaretahoe

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District
07/27/2020

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District

⚠️#RedFlagWarning remains in effect in Washoe County, Nevada until 9pm due to forecasted thunderstorms, lightning, and strong outflow winds, gusting up to 50 mph. Avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation, such as yard work, target shooting, or campfires. Check weather.gov/reno for
updates and livingwithfire.info for preparedness tips. Living With Fire, US National Weather Service Reno Nevada

South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue
07/27/2020

South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue

Red Flag conditions today so please be careful out there. SLTFR has staffed an additional Brush Engine until 2100hrs tonight.

07/27/2020
North Tahoe Fire Protection District

Red Flag Warning in effect today, which means increased wildfire danger in our area. Please don't do anything to spark a fire!

Learn what causes sparks and how to prevent them at https://www.readyforwildfire.org/prevent-wildfire/one-less-spark-campaign/.

⚠️TOMORROW: ... #REDFLAGWARNING IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM TO 9 PM MONDAY FOR THUNDERSTORMS AND STRONG OUTFLOW WINDS FOR THE #TAHOE BASIN.
This storm is expected to create conditions ripe for #wildfire. Be #prepared for power outages and be prepared to #evacuate.
All sources of open flame are banned while the Red Flag Declaration is in effect.

Heads up outdoor visitors! Thunderstorms may return this afternoon, so plan ahead and always Know Before You Go at https...
07/27/2020

Heads up outdoor visitors! Thunderstorms may return this afternoon, so plan ahead and always Know Before You Go at https://www.fs.usda.gov/visit/know-before-you-go/lightning.

Showers🌦️ and thunderstorms⛈️ are possible again this afternoon and evening in the mountains. When thunder roars, go indoors!

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Engine 341 firefighters are on scene of lightning caused wildfire on Luther Pass.The Lu...
07/26/2020

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Engine 341 firefighters are on scene of lightning caused wildfire on Luther Pass.

The Luther Fire was reported just before 10 a.m., is approximately one-quarter acre and is contained.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest resources are assisting along with air support from Bridgeport Helitack.

Don't forget that fire restrictions are in place for all of National Forests in California, including the Tahoe Basin! I...
07/25/2020

Don't forget that fire restrictions are in place for all of National Forests in California, including the Tahoe Basin!

If you are headed out to your National Forest for the weekend, please recreate responsibly and be careful with any activity that could start a fire.

Learn more at beoutdoorsafe.org.

As a reminder, Luther Pass Campground near Big Meadow Trailhead remains closed.Blackwood Canyon Campground and restrooms...
07/24/2020

As a reminder, Luther Pass Campground near Big Meadow Trailhead remains closed.

Blackwood Canyon Campground and restrooms are open, but we ask campers to pack out their trash. Due to fire restrictions, no campfires are allowed.

Watson Lake Campground is open, but restrooms are closed and again we ask campers to pack out their trash. Due to fire restrictions, no campfires are allowed.

Portable gas stoves with an on/off switch are allowed at Blackwood and Watson campgrounds with valid California Campfire permit, https://www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/campfire-permit/.

Finally, remember camping is only allowed in designated areas in the Tahoe Basin. Dispersed camping is prohibited.

View our camping and fire restriction forest orders at https://go.usa.gov/xVfjp and always recreate responsibly!

The Forest Service is asking for the public’s patience as work to improve the parking area at Sawmill Pond is scheduled ...
07/24/2020

The Forest Service is asking for the public’s patience as work to improve the parking area at Sawmill Pond is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 27, 2020.

Parking areas will be reconditioned to provide an updated parking facility for public use. This may cause a temporary interruption of access in the parking area, driveway and restrooms.

Impacts to visitors may include temporary closures of the driveway and parking spots by the road, and intermittent closures of Twin Peaks Road.

Work is expected to be completed in two to four weeks.

Tahoe Living With Fire
07/23/2020

Tahoe Living With Fire

🔥 Did you know the most effective way to prepare for wildfire is to work together as a neighborhood? 🔥

Take steps now to ensure your home and property are fire resistant. Work with your neighbors to create defensible space. And make sure you, your neighbors, pets, and friends are prepared to leave in an emergency.

In our neck of the woods, we all need to look out for each other. 🌲

Don't miss this excellent opportunity to learn how to protect your home from the next wildfire!
07/23/2020

Don't miss this excellent opportunity to learn how to protect your home from the next wildfire!

Is your home prepared for wildfire? Join us for a FREE Tahoe-specific workshop on how to harden your home against wildfire embers.

🔸 When: July 28th @ 5:30pm
🔸 Where: Virtual via Zoom

Register here: http://bit.ly/TahoeRetrofit

Protect yourself and others while visiting the #LakeTahoeUSFS. Be self-reliant. Practice physical distancing. Pack out t...
07/23/2020

Protect yourself and others while visiting the #LakeTahoeUSFS. Be self-reliant. Practice physical distancing. Pack out trash.

US National Weather Service Reno Nevada
07/23/2020

US National Weather Service Reno Nevada

Wildfire smoke, dust from yesterday’s thunderstorm outflows and residual haze will continue to impact the region through today. Shower and thunderstorm chances remain through Friday with gusty winds, small hail, brief heavy rainfall and lightning expected. Stay alert today!

Fire prevention is everyone’s responsibility! Fire Restrictions are in effect across all National Forests in CA. No camp...
07/23/2020

Fire prevention is everyone’s responsibility! Fire Restrictions are in effect across all National Forests in CA.

No campfires or charcoal BBQs are allowed outside of developed recreation areas.

Know about restrictions in place before you go. For full restriction info visit https://go.usa.gov/xVDZw.

U.S. Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit's cover photo
07/22/2020

U.S. Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit's cover photo

Forest Service reminds visitors of State-wide campfire restrictionsVALLEJO, Calif. -- In May, National Forests in Califo...
07/21/2020
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Forest Service reminds visitors of State-wide campfire restrictions

VALLEJO, Calif. -- In May, National Forests in California enacted state-wide campfire restrictions, until further notice, to protect the health and safety of communities and firefighters. Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a campfire on National Forests in California remain prohibited, except for developed campgrounds and certain permitted facilities. Check with local National Forests for any additional fire restrictions in place for specific locations.

Forest Service officials are taking this necessary step to ensure that firefighters are available to safely respond and manage incidents. 95 percent of all wildfires in California are human caused, and many are a result of unattended campfires. With the above-average fire season projected in much of California, and the combined potential for wildfires and smoke to impact communities and firefighters during this unprecedented pandemic, there is a need to focus on reducing or eliminating this large ignition source and do all we can to preserve firefighting resources.

"We need everyone now, more than ever, to help reduce the number of preventable wildfires," said Deputy Regional Forester Anthony Scardina, for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region. "We are in state-wide fire restrictions, yet illegal campfires continue be an issue, putting a strain on firefighters and threating communities."

Forest visitors will still be able to use pressurized liquid or gas devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) with shut-off valves outside of developed campgrounds with a valid California Campfire Permit, which can be found at CA Campfire Permit.

The Forest Service manages 18 National Forests in the Pacific Southwest Region, which encompasses over 20 million acres across California, and assists State and Private forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. National forests supply 50 percent of the water in California and form the watershed of most major aqueducts and more than 2,400 reservoirs throughout the state. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R5.

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Pacific Southwest Region (Google map) 1323 Club Drive Vallejo, CA 94592 Voice: 707.562.8737 TTY: 707.562.9240 Fax: 707.562.9130

Tahoe Home Retrofit Public WorkshopLearn How to Harden Your Home Against WildfireContact: Carlie Murphy, Tahoe RCD, 530-...
07/21/2020

Tahoe Home Retrofit Public Workshop
Learn How to Harden Your Home Against Wildfire

Contact: Carlie Murphy, Tahoe RCD, 530-543-1501 x114, [email protected]

LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. – With our wildfire year underway at Lake Tahoe, it’s critical for residents to prepare their homes for wildfire. One of the most effective ways residents can prepare their homes is by implementing home hardening techniques and maintaining effective defensible space.

To help residents learn how to harden their homes, the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities, in collaboration with the University of Nevada and California Cooperative Extensions and CAL FIRE, are hosting a free virtual workshop on July 28th from 5:30-7 p.m. PST. The workshop is free and open to the public, but attendees must pre-register using the link below.

Date: July 28, 2020 | 5:30-7 p.m. PST
Pre-Register: bit.ly/TahoeRetrofit

Workshop presenters include University of California Cooperative Extension Advisor Emeritus and retired Chief Scientist for Wildfire and Durability for Business & Home Safety Research Center, Dr. Steve Quarles; Forestry Advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension Central Sierra and registered professional forester, Susie Kocher; and Assistant Professor and Natural Resources Specialist with University of Nevada, Reno Extension and the Director of the Living With Fire Program, Christina Restaino.

Dr. Steve Quarles describes the importance of home hardening stating, “Post-wildfire assessments have shown that more than 60% of home ignitions are the result of wind-blown embers. The chance of home ignitions can be greatly reduced if residents create and maintain an effective defensible space on their property and take steps to harden their homes to make them more resistant to embers.”

Taking steps now to harden your home against embers will increase the survivability of your home during a wildfire. Learn more about preparing for wildfire at tahoelivingwithfire.com.

About the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team

The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) consists of representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies, CAL FIRE, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, University of California and Nevada Cooperative Extensions, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the USDA Forest Service, conservation districts from both states, the California Tahoe Conservancy and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Our Mission is to protect lives, property and the environment within the Lake Tahoe Basin from wildfire by implementing prioritized fuels reduction projects and engaging the public in becoming a Fire Adapted Community.

For more information, visit tahoelivingwithfire.com.

07/21/2020
Fallen Leaf Campground and Store

Fallen Leaf Campground and Store

Due to Covid-19 there are no First Come First Serve sites available for the rest of this year.
All campers should make their reservations through rec.gov. or call 1-877-444-6777

07/21/2020
Nevada Beach Campground, Swimming Area, and Group Pavillion

Nevada Beach Campground, Swimming Area, and Group Pavillion

Due to Covid-19 there are no First Come First Serve sites available for the rest of this year.
All campers should make their reservations through rec.gov. or call 1-877-444-6777

A Red Flag Warning begins at 1pm today.Red Flag Warnings mean high fire danger and new wildfire starts may spread quickl...
07/21/2020

A Red Flag Warning begins at 1pm today.

Red Flag Warnings mean high fire danger and new wildfire starts may spread quickly.

Please remember, fire prevention is everyone's responsibility!!

Read more about Red Flag Warnings at https://go.usa.gov/xfkKN.

#RedFlagWarning in effect for the Northeastern California from Tuesday through Wednesday evening due to gusty winds, low humidity and thunderstorms. This is #CriticalFireWeather so use caution outdoors. More tips: https://www.fire.ca.gov/programs/communications/red-flag-warnings-fire-weather-watches/

US National Weather Service Sacramento California
07/21/2020

US National Weather Service Sacramento California

Thunderstorms are possible once again over the Sierra & Coastal mountains this afternoon & evening. If you have outdoor plans, be sure to practice lightning safety. Know what to do if a storm forms near you!

07/21/2020
US National Weather Service Reno Nevada

Smoke from the #HogFire near Susanville continues to drift into the Tahoe Basin and surrounding areas today.

For the latest on the Hog Fire, visit https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/7/18/hog-fire/.

Latest weather forecast model shows how smoke from the #HogFire and #GoldFire in NE CA may continue to impact the region.

Special Weather Statement - https://tinyurl.com/y8zcbnrt

Real-time smoke observations available from
Air Now - https://tinyurl.com/y5bvqhd9

Washoe County Health District: Air Quality Management Division - https://www.washoecounty.us/health/programs-and-services/air-quality/index.php

Fire restrictions are in place on National Forests in California!Campfires are only allowed within metal fire rings in o...
07/21/2020

Fire restrictions are in place on National Forests in California!

Campfires are only allowed within metal fire rings in open developed campgrounds with an onsite host.

Abandoned campfires are a leading cause of wildfires. Completely extinguish your campfire and never leave it unattended.

Preventing fires is up to all of us. Find out how Only You can help at smokeybear.com.

#MarletteFire photo by Matt Colangelo, Engine 342, USFS.
07/20/2020

#MarletteFire photo by Matt Colangelo, Engine 342, USFS.

07/20/2020
US National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey California

Smoke from the #HogFire near Susanville has drifted into the Tahoe Basin and surrounding areas.

HRRR-smoke model through Monday morning showing smoke concentrations from both the Hog Fire in Lassen County and the Mineral Fire in western Fresno County. For areas far removed from the wildfires, most smoke will be aloft and not near the surface.

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I am absolutely horrified! I drove up the Caspian/Blackwood Canyon forest area to enjoy the area and do some nature photography. Human feces and toilet paper lined both sides of the trail all the way down to the creek. I drove to the campground and found that the bathrooms are closed!!! THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE, please do something to stop this repulsive and unsanitary practice.
Are the restrooms open at Nevada Beach?
What is going on? You 🤬automatically cancelled my 14 day reservation because 3 days overlap with the closure date! This doesn't make sense- no one would cancel 14 days because of a 3 day loss 🤯. This happened without notice (no website or social media information was posted before the refund email was received); nor does it appear to follow the process outlined in the "options on how to proceed" email I received on 5/26. This reservation was made in January, with a $509 payment to secure it. As the local managers of the campground (Fallen Leaf), you should know how extremely difficult it is to even get a reservation... no one would choose to cancel their stay over 3 days! Through your "policy" you have taken away our stay without consideration or reasonable effort to minimize the impact on your customers. I want the balance of the days returned to me before 6/4 (the date my campground is opening). Check messenger for my contact information and reservation details. With only 4 business days left to resolve this, your immediate response is appreciated. #Recreationgov reports that your office, as the local manager of the campground, is responsible for determining how reservations are cancelled and refunded. Make this right, and return the dates to me.
Is Sawmill pond opened for fishing now?
Does anyone know when they plan to open the parking lot for Big Meadows trailhead, going into Round and Dardanelles Lakes? And also, wonder how much snow is on that trail right now? Thanks for any info..
I heard that some areas are opening up for Memorial Day Use, but could not find a recent list. Nevada Beach? Pope Beach? Camp Richardson? Any info for this weekend 5/23?
Have the beach closures been lifted today?
When do gates open at oniedas and top of high meadow and end of Columbine?
Is Big Meadows parking lot/trail head into Round or Dardanelles Lake currently open for backpackers?
As we now know... sunshine and warmth mitigate spreading of wuhan virus. It is extremely rare to be infected when outside. Natural air movement prevents it. Being inside is the worst as the virus Does well in enclosed rooms and houses. It makes Zero sense to illegally quarantine healthy people and keep them from enjoying the outdoors, especially our children who unnecessarily have been kept from healthy time outdoors. Open our spaces. Please End this illegal lockdown now.
I feel that is is ridiculous to close these recreational areas in South Lake Tahoe. People/families have learned how to “social distance”. You can still restrict sizes of groups to groups of 10 and to “educate” others. Your employees can choose to wear masks and gloves. You can require visitors to pack out their trash and keep the bathrooms closed. Remember DO NOT need to be social distanced. When people get in and out, they can be patient with their neighbor. Please do not try to “control” the actions and insult the intelligence of the public. Those who are worried about their health can chose to stay home.
Every year. Every year there is a failure at your beaches. You also ask for bear traps every year. On the CA side, you take out depredation permits to kill the bears. Why don’t you plan for this and take care of the trash problems at your beaches?