District wide Fire Ban



TFPD_Ordinance 03-2019_Banning Open Burning and Recreational Fires

EFFECTIVE THIS FIRE SEASON (Anticipated release - June 2019):

As we’ve all seen, the fire danger in California has continued to increase and the Truckee area is no exception. California has seen 9 of the 20 most destructive fires in California’s recorded history in the last 5 years!

The build-up of dry fuels, a significant drought and more people moving to and visiting the wildland urban interface have led to this extreme fire danger that threatens our community. Many of the visitors to our region don’t understand the danger, adding to the risk of an escaped campfire. 

Each year the Fire District responds to unattended or improperly extinguished residential campfires that escape the fire ring and start a wildfire.  If this happens on a windy day a wildfire could be devastating to our community.  That is why the Truckee Fire Protection District is implementing a District-wide ordinance to ban backyard type campfires during fire season.

*PLEASE NOTE (the ban does not include gas appliances like gas BBQ’s, gas fire pits, pellet burning devices. Designated state and federal campgrounds/day-use picnic areas are exempt)


District Statistics


95 % of fires were human caused
56% started by campfires

  • 2014-2018 Unattended/Escaped Campfires

2014: 7
2015: 5
2016: 11
2017: 12
2018: 15

  • 2014-2018 Charcoal BBQ fires

Total 8