A MESSAGE FROM THE FIRE CHIEF MICHAEL SCHWARTZ
Updated September 14, 2020
Local Fire Restrictions remain in effect for all of Tahoe Basin communities. Following the lead of local government fire agencies and as the result of the extreme fire behavior and recreation area rescues, California State Parks, Special District local campgrounds, and the U.S. Forest Service all added enhanced fire restrictions that include a prohibition of charcoal BBQs and wood-burning campfires. Universally, within the Tahoe Basin, only natural gas (NG) or propane (LPG) outdoor firepits and barbecues and pellet grills/smokers are allowed year-round, except during Red Flag/critical fire weather conditions when NO open flames are allowed. For reports of hazardous campfires, people should call 9-1-1. Fire crews have been responding regularly to reports of unauthorized/hazardous campfires and barbecues. In addition to the USFS’s enhanced fire restrictions, effective September 9, 2020 as a result of unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announced the temporary closure of ten additional forests in California including the Tahoe National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
All members of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District are here to serve you every hour of every day. If you have any questions regarding the District or the services we provide, please do not hesitate to call me at (530) 584-2318 or email me.
The North Tahoe Fire Protection District would like to thank you for visiting our website. I also suggest you follow us on Facebook or Twitter and, during times of critical incidents within the District, tune into our very own local broadcast radio network Channel 1630 on your AM dial! You can also listen to our live radio traffic at www.broadcastify.com.
Michael Schwartz joined the North Tahoe Fire Protection District as its Fire Chief in 2012, after serving 29 years with a neighboring fire agency. Along with his wife, Jean, they have been a part of the Lake Tahoe community since 1978, raising four children and participating in many local community organizations.