Reno, NV (December 4, 2023) – Open (pile) burning is underway in the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District for the month of December. Pile burning refers to the burning of cut and stacked vegetation, which is a useful method to reduce combustible vegetation and create defensible space.
As a result, the Fire District is responding to an increase in structure fire reports.
False alarm responses cost thousands of dollars in fire and rescue resources.
While the Fire District continues to urge residents to call 9-1-1 in any emergency situation, when reporting a visual incident to 9-1-1 that appears to be a structure fire, take extra time and vigilance to confirm that a structure is indeed on fire. Truckee Meadows Fire has dispatched fire resources only to arrive at a pile burning on numerous occasions in the last few days.
The Fire District is grateful for the support and cooperation from our residents.