California Wildfire Safety
Lake Tahoe is known for our beautiful wildlife and plethora of outdoor activities — and we want to keep it that way! That’s why we want to keep everyone informed about wildfires in California and share some general fire safety tips. The safety of our guests, team members, and our community are of the utmost importance, so we take fire preparation and education very seriously.
Please keep these fire prevention tips and resources in mind while visiting Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas.
What time of year do most wildfires occur in California?
The autumn months, particularly September and October, are often the most susceptible months for wildfires near Lake Tahoe because of the dry, high winds and dryer foliage. Peak fire season in California generally runs from July to October.
Current California Wildfire Updates
For the last details about wildfires, potential fire risk, and other updates in South Lake Tahoe and throughout California, including a map of California wildfires, check out the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).
Wildfire Prevention Tips
It’s up to all of us to prevent wildfires as we’re out and about enjoying Lake Tahoe’s amazing trails, beaches, and parks. Check out the following fire prevention tips from Smokey Bear, the Red Cross, and other helpful resources.
- Check your vehicle before traveling. Chains, exposed wheel rims, thin brake pads, and other metal parts can throw sparks if they drag, which can easily ignite dry leaves, brush, and grass.
- Only build campfires in designated and appropriate fire pits; don’t dig or create your own fire ring.
- Do not build campfires if fire risk is high or parks, campgrounds, and other recreational areas prohibit them.
- Avoid burning chemicals and other dangerous items (like aerosol cans, pressurized containers, glass, or aluminum cans). These items can easily explode and cause fires to get out of hand.
- Don’t leave a fire unattended and make sure it is fully extinguished before you leave or step away. Dousing it with water and covering it with dirt is usually a safe method.
- Dispose of cigarette butts and matches in a designated area or in a closed container with water.
- Keep lighters, matches, sparklers, fireworks, and other fire starters away from children.
- Clean up garbage and any spills, like lighter fluid or gas, that could possibly catch fire.
California Wildfire Resources
If you want to learn more or stay up to date with California wildfires, check out the following resources. You’ll find more information on air quality, assistance, wildfire safety, and more!
- California Wildfire Map (via CAL Fire)
- Air quality information for Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas (via the EPA)
- Additional wildfire safety & preparedness information (via FEMA)
- Resources for California residents impacted by wildfires (via the State of California)
How is Lake Tahoe Resort protecting guests and staff?
As noted, your safety is our top priority! In the rare event that wildfires would pose a threat to our guests and employees, Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel has a plan in place. If you have concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team would be happy to discuss our wildfire prevention and protection strategies with you.