Nevada City, Calif. October 21, 2020 –  The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has extended fire restrictions in California through October 22, 2020.

This revised Fire Restriction prohibits the following activities across all National Forests in California:

No Smoking

No building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.

  • The use of a portable lantern or stove using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel within a Developed Recreation Site (such as an official campground) is allowed.
  • Generators are allowed for use on paved, gravel or dirt National Forest System roads and trails, staging areas, and within campgrounds.

While popular activities such as hunting, hiking, boating, and other types of general recreation are now allowed across the Tahoe National Forest, dispersed camping and target shooting prohibitions have been extended through October 31, 2020. These prohibitions include:

No camping outside of developed campgrounds. A list of open, developed campgrounds is provided below. There are two exceptions to this prohibition-

  • Dispersed camping within the Granite Chief Wilderness is allowed. Dispersed camping within 500 feet of the Pacific Crest Trail is allowed.

No target shooting. Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, and federal law and regulations, is prohibited.

Open Campgrounds

The following campgrounds are open.

Foresthill Divide Road

Giant GapShirttail

Gold Lake Road

PacksaddleSalmon CreekSardine

Mosquito Ridge Road

  • French Meadows (Water systems limited; campers are asked to conserve water)
  • Ahart

Interstate 80

Indian SpringsNorth Fork (Reopens 9/25)

Highway 49

Fiddle CreekIndian ValleyWild plumUnion Flat
Rocky RestCal IdaCarlton Flat 

Highway 20

White Cloud (some sites closed due to hazard trees)Skillman

Highway 89, North 

East Meadow (operated by NID)Upper Little Truckee  Lower Little Truckee 
Pass Creek (operated by NID)Pass Creek OverflowBear ValleyLittle Laiser