Fire Restrictions

Rubicon area fire restrictions

Fire restrictions are a way of life on the three forests in which the Rubicon Trail runs. Restrictions vary from forest to forest.

Please be careful when using fire as the forests can be very dry even when restrictions have been lifted. Make sure fires are completely out by pouring lots of water on the fire and stirring it in.


Campfire permits are required for any open flame fire or cooking stove on public lands, even propane stoves.  Fire permits are free and now available ONLINE! These permits are good in the state of California only. You can also visit ant forest service office to obtain a free campfire permit.

Link to CA campfire permit

Different forests enact fire restrictions at different times of year.  It depends on how heavy and or late the previous winter was regarding water content. Light winters and early high temperatures bring early fire restrictions.

It is the users responsibility to know the current fire restrictions of the forest or public land they are visiting. I have tried to compiled a list of the current fire restrictions that effect the Rubicon Trail. I will make every attempt to keep this information and these links up to date.


Note: fire restrictions means no welding, the exception to this would be private property. So, weld up your broken stuff at Rubicon Springs! But get permission and have water and shovels handy at all times.


Fire restriction notices for the Tahoe National Forest

Fire restrictions start soon!



Fire restriction notices for the Lake Tahoe Basin Manangement Unit

Fire Restrictions are always in place as fires are only allowed in Forest Service pits and only in Forest Service campgrounds.



Fire restriction notices for the Eldorado National Forest

Fire restrictions started July 14th!

ENF Fire restrictions




USFS fire permit





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