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Reclamation temporarily bans ash-producing fires at Lake Berryessa

Media Contact: Mary Lee Knecht 916-978-5100
For Release: Jun 14, 2024

NAPA, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announces a ban on the use of charcoal and other ash-producing fires at Lake Berryessa’s recreation areas, including recreation areas and campgrounds managed by concession contractors, starting June 17.

In a collective effort to improve public safety, this lake-wide fire ban will remain in effect until further notice. Reclamation will be informed by the Napa County Fire Marshall when the fire ban may be safely lifted and continues coordination efforts with Napa County and local fire agencies in the interim.

Cooking fires using charcoal briquettes and wood campfires create embers that can easily be blown into dry vegetation, igniting wildfires. During this temporary ban, only propane-fueled fire pits, stoves, and barbeque grills will be permitted at Lake Berryessa.

Park Rangers, campground hosts, and posted signs will inform visitors of the temporary ban upon entry to recreation areas. In addition, Reclamation reminds guests that risky activities such the improper disposal of cigarette butts, operation of motorized equipment and vehicles off of existing roadways, and the use or possession of explosives and fireworks are never allowed on Reclamation Lands per 43 CFR 420 & 423.

Contact the Lake Berryessa Administration Office for questions at 707-905-7896 or email

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