Impacts In/Near Truckee Regarding Tahoe National Forest Closure

Impacts In/Near Truckee Regarding Tahoe National Forest Closure

October 21, 2020- Truckee, California – The Tahoe National Forest reopened on Saturday, September 19, 2020. Trails, roads, and day-use areas are open to the public, however, additional restrictions are in place for camping and firearm use.

Fire danger remains high in the Truckee-Tahoe region. Tahoe National Forest District Ranger, Jonathan Cook-Fisher, urges visitors and residents to be aware of the recent explosive fire behavior and act safely and conservatively. To help mitigate the risk of wildfire, fire restrictions are in place throughout the Tahoe National Forest. Under the current fire ban, the following applies:

  1. No smoking
  2. No building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.
    1. 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.
    2. Generators are allowed for use on paved, gravel or dirt National Forest System roads and trails, staging areas, and within campgrounds.

There is no NO smoking and NO building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove on all National Forests in California. Gas stoves are allowed within Developed Recreation Sites only (i.e. official campgrounds).

What is closed in the Tahoe National Forest?

The new Forest Closure orders strictly prohibit the following activities across the entire Tahoe National Forest through October 22, 2020:

  • No camping outside of developed campgrounds. Click here for a list of open developed campgrounds. 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.

What is open in the Tahoe National Forest?

Trails, roads, and day-use areas in the Tahoe National Forest are open. Recreational activities such as hiking, biking, climbing, and boating are now allowed. Developed campgrounds are open with a strict fire ban that prohibits smoking, campfires, stove fires, and any other open flames. Gas stoves are permitted in official campgrounds and Developed Recreation Sites only. Dispersed camping is prohibited except in the Granite Chief Wilderness and within 500 feet of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

The information above only applies to the Tahoe National Forest. Some National Forests in California remain closed and others have re-opened to varying degrees. Learn more and check the status of the National Forest you wish to visit before you go.


Truckee Ranger District
Tahoe National Forest
10811 Stockrest Springs Road
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 536-0417

Truckee Visitor Center
(California Welcome Center)
(530) 587-8808 
7 days/week
9:00 am – 5:00pm

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Siobhan Kenney

About Siobhan Kenney

Siobhan traveled the American West as a National Park Ranger before setting down roots in Truckee. Outdoor adventure is her bread and butter and most days you can find her skiing, trail running, or backpacking.  Follow along with her adventures on Instagram @siokenney.