Improper ash disposal causes thousands of fires every year, including the Washoe Drive Fire in 2012. With continued use of wood burning fireplaces and stoves, along with an increasing use of outdoor fire pits, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) is providing ash cans at no charge to Washoe County residents. Residents can stop by any Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station, or the District’s Administrative office at 3663 Barron Way, Reno, NV 89511 while supplies last and limited to one ash can per household. Citizens can also purchase ash cans at local retailers.
“As cold temperatures begin to take hold in Washoe County, it is important that our residents take prudent fire prevention measures when heating their homes, to include disposing ashes properly using an ash can,” said Fire Chief Charles Moore. Even after several days, a pile of ashes can hold enough heat to reignite and start a fire. Three days is the minimum recommended cooling period for ashes. Extra care should be used in the storage and final disposal. TMFPD produced a short video to learn more on ash disposal using an ash can.