North Tahoe Fire Department | Burn Restrictions & Burn Permits They say,

What kind of outdoor fire can I have?
Several types of outdoor fireplaces are allowed any time. They include the following:

Liquid Natural Gas                                        Properly Screened Word Burning
LNG Outdoor Fireplace LNG Outdoor Fireplace  Grill/BBQ    Fireplace or Chiminea
  • Total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diamater.
  • 2 feet or less in height
  • At least 15 feet from a structure or combustible material
  • (Renters must have written permission from owner, and have the letter in their possession)

Burn permits are required for burning refuse. There are instructions at the above web site for obtaining a permit.
There are rules like the following:
Don't burn on Red Flag Warning Days
Red Flag Warning:

  • Sustained wind average 15 MPH or greater
  • Relative Humidity ≤ 25% and Temperature > 75°F
How do you know it's a Red Flag Day?
See the web page for other guidelines such as size of pile and safety requirements.

Outdoor fire screens:
They didn't have any information on outdoor stoves with chimneys. When I called all they said is they must have a spark arrestor screen.

Spark arrester screens come with 1/2", 5/8" and 3/4" mesh.
Some areas, particularly those in or near woodlands, have building codes that require all chimney caps to have 1/2" spark arrestors.
At Placer County Residential Plan Review they specify 1/2" screen.

  I had trouble finding a screened stove pipe cap for our outdoor stove. There are ones for $80+ designed for house chimneys.

I finally found one at Rain Cap - 6" 1/4" mesh - Colorado Cylinder Stoves - $26

                                                                 : Spark Screen for Fire Pits, 40" $133
See also Chimney Cap Buying Guide |

North Tahoe Fire Protection District | TRPA

US Forest Service (USFS) Land:
Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Tahoe - Eldorado National Forest (CAZ269) | National Weather Service

US Forest Service Alerts & Notices:
  Lake Tahoe Basin Mgt Unit
  Tahoe National Forest
  Eldorado Forest Fire Info

Other Links:
Faqs | Living With Fire Tahoe
Firefighters On Your Side - California Fire Foundation

last updated 1 June 2017