Whether you call Lake Tahoe home all year around or visit every chance you get, Fire Season is a nerve-wracking time not just in our region, but all of California. As it stands currently, almost 96% of our state’s fire resources are in use from engines to crews battling the current blazes that are rippling through our beautiful state. While Lake Tahoe fire crews have been successful in quickly stomping out what could have been a catastrophic fire in the last several years, it takes just one spark to undo all the hard work we as a region have done in order to keep our town safe from fire. If you have booked a vacation rental in Lake Tahoe, you could be wondering what the rules are surrounding fires in the basin. Most folks can’t image a mountain getaway without a bonfire, grilling burgers or roasting s’mores. Unfortunately, those favorite past times have to be on hold until further notice from local and state fire officials. Also, unfortunately, so many people think that if they get caught with a fire of any kind, they can talk their way out of it or take it as a warning. With our current resources exhausted we just don’t have room for any error. So, what exactly does this mean? This means NO BURNING OF ANY KIND! No bonfires, no campfires, no BBQs including pellet grills and BBQs, gas plumbed BBQs or fire pits. Any fires of any kind will be enforced with extinguishment, citations and fines. Our town simply cannot take the risk with fire resources being depleted statewide due to unprecedented firefighting efforts throughout California and Nevada. If you have booked a vacation rental in Lake Tahoe and choose to ignore this ban, your local neighbors will likely be calling you in which means you will get a visit from local fire and police officials and possibly personnel from the VHR ordinance. We also ask that if you have booked a Lake Tahoe vacation rental and see any backyard fires of any kind, you report offenders to the non-emergency line at 530-542-6110. Between a pandemic and a very real fire threat, it is imperative that we all work together to keep Tahoe open while keeping each other safe.