last updated 1 June 2021
RED FLAG FIRE WWARNING
Red Flag Warnings are forecast warnings issued by the United States National Weather Service when warm temperatures, very low humidity, and stronger winds are expected to combine to produce an increased risk of fire danger within 24 hours.

North Tahoe Fire Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts Prohibit ALL Open Burning and Recreational Fires June 15, 2021 | Tahoe Living With Fire

During Red Flag critical fire weather, any type of outdoor open flames are banned. This includes gas, propane or pellet BBQs and smokers.

When a red flag warning day is announced, the North Tahoe Fire Protection District | ntfire.net will post an alert at the top of their website, , and on all their social media pages.

This banner will be displayed in front of the West Shore Cafe across from the Homewood Mountain Ski Resort during Red Flag critical fire weather, when any type of outdoor open flames are banned.

The fire pit in the yard with the table over it is not to be used at any time without a personal campfire permit.

There are also road signs warning of red flag days.


Additional Fire and Life Safety Resources:

A page dedicated to red flag warning that has the following information that you can print and have in your home
Red Flag Warning |Tahoe City| ntfire.net
Modified printable version here

Emergency Preparedness Guide Emergency Prepare |Tahoe City| North Tahoe Fire Protection District

Fire Restrictions Flyer

Defensible Space |Tahoe City| ntfire.net
Curbside Chipping
Defensible Space Inspection

Cal Fire - Campfire Permit - Ready for Wildfire

NTFPD Plans plans@ntfire.net
222 Fairway Dr. - PO Box 5879
Tahoe City, CA 96145
(P) 530-583-6911

Homewood Fire Station (Not always staffed)
Just past West Shore Sports south of the cabin.
5425 West Lake Boulevard
530-583-6913


Burn-Days | PlacerAir.org
You may only burn dry vegetation from the property where it was grown. Previous burn day information is not available. Placer County also has a chipper program that can help reduce large burn piles to small biodegradable chip piles.
800-998-BURN (2876)
permit required
8AM - 6PM

How are burn days decided?

  • The height values are obtained from 500-mb forecast weather charts.
  • 500-mb heights typically average 18,300 feet above sea level.
  • High 500-mb heights are related to sinking air through the air column, which tends to be more stable.
  • Stability is a measure of the atmosphere’s ability to lift smoke away from the ground. A more stable atmosphere indicates less plume rise, whereas an unstable atmosphere suggests good conditions for plume rise.

  • Burn Restrictions |Tahoe City| North Tahoe Fire Protection District


    2017 Notes:
    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
                   
    

    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: - See above

    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 - Amazon.com $26

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

    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


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