Fire Restrictions in Effect. No Charcoal BBQs, No Campfires, Public Power Shutoffs

Posted: August 1, 2019 | Category:

The TCPUD is acutely aware of the threat from wildfire and extreme weather events in the Lake Tahoe Basin. We are working with our partners at the North Tahoe Fire Protection District and Liberty Utilities to minimize risks and help protect our community.

Fire restrictions in effect.

Until fire restrictions are lifted by North Tahoe Fire Protection District and Meeks Bay Fire Protection District, campfires and charcoal briquette BBQs are not allowed at ALL TCPUD facilities. Additionally, CAL FIRE has suspended residential burn permits in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The suspension will remain in effect through the fire season and includes open burning bonfires/campfires, outdoor fireplaces (unless properly screened), and recreation fires. Charcoal BBQs, properly screened outdoor fireplaces, and portable outdoor fireplaces are only allowed on private property with written permission of the property owner.

Planning for Public Safety Power Shutoff.

Liberty Utilities intends to respond proactively to the threat of wildlife in North Lake Tahoe by shutting off electric power when weather forecasts exceed certain thresholds, such as humidity or extreme wind gusts. It is unknown how long these power shutoffs may last, as it will depend on the specific weather event. The TCPUD remains prepared for power outages, including these public safety power shutoffs, by investing in and maintaining critical backup power equipment across our district to keep our water and sewer systems in operation during these events.

For more information about Public Safety Power Shutoffs, visit the Liberty Utilities website:

For more information about fire restrictions and emergency preparedness, visit the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District website at: