Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue offers safety tips this Thanksgiving

Reno, NV, Nov. 18, 2022 – We want our Washoe County families to have a safe Thanksgiving and holiday season.  Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.

Here are some tips to follow that will assure the safety of you and your loved ones this Thanksgiving:

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving Day had more than three times as many fires when compared to a typical day in the U.S., according to the NFPA.

In 2019, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,400 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.  Unattended cooking is by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.  Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.

On behalf of the firefighters and staff at Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue, we wish our residents a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. We are thankful to serve you!

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Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue Announces Open Burning to Commence December 1

Reno, NV. November 1, 2022 – Open burning, also known as pile burning for residents who reside in the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) will be allowed effective December 1, 2022 through the end of the month, December 31, 2022, weather permitting, and with an approved burn permit. 

Open burning will resume March 1 – 31, 2023 with the same restrictions. 

Pile burning refers to the burning of cut and stacked vegetation, which is a useful method to reduce combustible vegetation and create defensible space. 

This year, open burning comes on the heels of the Fire District’s 12 days of green waste collections at 10 locations since October this year.  Additionally, Waste Management allows extra bags for curbside pickup during the month of November for residents in unincorporated Washoe County.  The Fire District encourages residents to take advantage of this program by bagging and discarding leaves and dry vegetation.

In order to reduce smoke sightings by residents which trigger fire response by Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue crews, pile burning will be allowed only during the month of December and March under the following two conditions:

  1. With a 2022-2023 approved burn permit, when conditions allow. Previous or past burning permits are no longer valid.
  2. Only if it is a designated permissible burn day by Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District as noted here.

Pile burning on properties outside of the Truckee Meadows Hydrographic Basin 87 is limited to parcels 1 acre in size or larger. Parcels inside the Truckee Meadows Hydrographic Basin 87 must be 2 acres in size or larger.  After submitting the application online, users will be immediately approved or denied a burn permit based on their property location and parcel size.

Pile burning will be allowed throughout December as long as conditions permit and can change at any time. Residents are responsible for their burn and will held liable if they fail to abide by proper burning procedures and cause a wildfire. Nevada Revised Statue 474.550 provides that: “Any person, firm, association, or agency which willfully or negligently causes a fire may be charged with the expense incurred in the extinguishing the fire.

In order to burn, ALL residents must file a 2022-2023 Burn Permit with TMFPD.  The automated permit application can be accessed online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Before initiating any open burning, visit the home page of the Fire District’s website at www.tmfpd.us to determine whether or not it is a permissible burn day, or call the burn hotline at 775.328.6000, option 1.  If a red flag appears on the District’s homepage, burning will not be allowed under any circumstances. 

Residents must be aware of rules & regulations to burn in the Truckee Meadows to include:

A permit is NOT required from TMFPD for residential recreational fires, outdoor fireplaces, portable outdoor fireplaces, or barbeque grills. A recreational fire is an outdoor fire in a fire pit or ring 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height where materials other than rubbish are being burned.

The Fire Code defines a recreational fire as being intended for cooking, warmth, religious, ceremonial, or other special purposes. A recreational fire shall not have a total fuel area greater than 3 feet in diameter and must be 2 feet or less in height.  Residents should check their Homeowner Association requirements on regulations governing recreational fires.

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Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue to Host Open House for Fire Prevention & Golden Anniversary

Reno, NV (September 26, 2022) – Join Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue (TMFR) for an open house at the Fire District’s Headquarters (3663 Barron Way) on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Fire Prevention Month (October) and to honor 50 years of service to Washoe County.  The public is invited to meet the dedicated career Truckee Meadows Firefighters & Paramedics, fire prevention inspectors, wildland firefighters, mechanics, and staff who protect and serve the county every day.     

Fire crews will demonstrate the use of the Fire District’s ladder truck, and perform a hose line deployment scenario to flow water.  Additionally, watch as crews use the “Jaws of Life” to demonstrate a rescue situation from a vehicle.  Skilled emergency medical service personnel will offer sidewalk CPR and learn how to keep a cardiac arrest victim alive until paramedics arrive.

Also on hand will be key partners of our fire agency including Living with Fire, the American Red Cross, NV Energy, REMSA, National Weather Service and more. 

Sierra Swirl Soft Served Ice Cream will also be available serving a wide menu of ice cream treats.

TMFR opened its new headquarters in the spring of 2020 just before the global COVID-19 pandemic took hold.  The festivities also allow for the first time to the public to see the facility.  

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When Asked to Evacuate…GO!

By Fire Chief Charles Moore, Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue

Wildfires are dangerous and chaotic, especially when they occur in residential areas as we have witnessed in the last few fire seasons.

Viewing an attack on a wildfire is no doubt a fascinating visual. The intricate coordination that air tankers and helicopters perform from the air can be an amazing experience to watch up close.  And observing fire engines maneuver into place gives residents comfort that firefighters are on the scene.  However, the longer our residents delay evacuation after an order is given, the greater are the complications for the firefighting effort.   

Conflicts between fire equipment and citizens leaving at the same time is what we want to avoid.   For instance, fire hoses, once pressurized cannot be driven over. Vehicles break the hose which compromises the suppression effort as well as puts firefighters in a dangerous position. Multiple fire engines may also block roadways.

Firefighters must make rapid decisions on where to deploy apparatus and fire hose, along with identifying structures to protect.  Our fire crews are focused on coordinating resources in the air, and on the ground.  First responders often have little time to follow-up and ensure nearby residents evacuate once announcements are made to leave their homes and neighborhoods. 

If we can protect you in place, we will, but the strategy behind fighting wildland fires is much like playing chess. We try to anticipate what is going to happen a few moves down the chess board based on terrain and weather conditions. At times, we may order evacuations that are more extensive than might have been required.

As sometimes happens, if we order evacuations that are greater than might have been necessary, residents may question the necessity of the order.  However, if we underestimate and people get trapped by fire, we may have to count foundations, or worse. Therefore, we will always err on the side of safety. 

When you receive notification to evacuate, we respectfully ask our residents to follow the order and leave the neighborhood. We recognize the stress and uncertainty that an evacuation can cause our citizens, and we do everything we can to minimize the inconvenience.  In most cases, residents can return in a matter of a few hours. Law enforcement will also provide a significant presence to safeguard your homes.

Citizens should know how to respond to wildfire or any disaster that could occur in your area – weather events, flooding, or man-made disasters.  Prepare to be self-sufficient for at least three days. This may mean providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water, and sanitation. Make plans with your family and friends in case you’re not together during an emergency. Discuss how you’ll contact each other, where you’ll meet, and what you’ll do in different situations.  Check all types of media – internet, newspapers, radio, TV – for local information and updates.

The fall is especially a critical time to prepare because fuels are drying out and wind events can be intense. Be safe!

Locations for Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue – Autumn 2022 Green Waste Collection

Reno, Nev. September 12, 2022 – Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue’s (TMFR) Green Waste Collection Days offer the best alternative to create defensible space.  Green waste collection allows residents to dispose of their dry and dead vegetation, shrubs, tree branches, and other wildland fuels to encourage the creation of defensible space to protect homes and property from wildfires.  This is a free event sponsored by the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District for all Washoe County residents, with support from NV Energy, Nevada Division of Forestry, Living With Fire (UNR Cooperative Extension), and Fire Adapted Nevada.

Green Waste Collection will take place beginning at 9am until 4pm, weather permitting at the following locations (check this website (www.TMFPD.us) prior to the event to ensure it has not been canceled due to weather conditions or a Red Flag Warning): 

October 1 & 2: Washoe Valley, Nevada Division of Forestry Fire Station, 885 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley

October 9: Geiger Grade (*small loads only), Intersection of State Route 431 and Toll Road

October 15 & 16: Lemmon Valley, Lemmon Valley Station, 130 Nectar Street, Reno

October 15 & 16: Silver Lake, Silver Lake Station, 11525 Red Rock Road, Reno

October 22: Palomino Valley, Ironwood Equestrian Center, 5600 Whiskey Springs Road, Palomino Valley

October 23: Spanish Springs, Lazy 5 Regional Park, 7100 Pyramid Way, Sparks

November 5: Mogul (*small loads only), Mayberry Park, 101 Woodland Ave, Reno, NV 89523

November 5: Rancho Haven, Gymkhana Lane & Fetlock Drive

November 6: Wadsworth, 400 Stampmill Dr. (Station 82)

December 3 & 4: Washoe Valley, Nevada Division of Forestry Fire Station, 885 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley

*Pickup truck only (no trailers/flatbeds)

Examples of accepted items include junipers, pines, rabbitbrush, sagebrush, and other woody vegetation.

ONLY natural vegetation, please.  Items we will NOT accept include household garbage and trash, lumber, hazardous materials, grass clippings, dirt and gravel, and stumps with root balls.  Tree stumps more than 8 inches in diameter will not be accepted.  Additionally, we cannot accept items in bags.  Bags must be emptied on site and removed.  No commercial waste will be accepted from contractors or landscape companies.

Please do not dispose of waste at designated locations outside of assigned hours.  Discarding waste outside of operating hours will be considered illegal dumping.  Please dispose of items during working hours.

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Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue Station 30 to Close due to Environmental Concerns

Reno, NV (August 2, 2022) – Due to health and safety issues, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District has closed Fire Station 30 located at 3905 Old Highway 395 next to Bowers Mansion for an undetermined amount of time.

Due to an infestation of bats, it has been determined that the station is a health and safety risk to fire crews.  Bats have been flying in the living quarters and dead bats have been found in the apparatus bay.  Station 30 dates to the 1950s and is leased to TMFPD from the state of Nevada.   The District will consult with experts to determine what preventative and remediation work is needed to eliminate the bat colonies and associated hazards.

The ambulance based at Station 30, along with two fire personnel will be relocated to Station 32, the other Washoe Valley Station located at 1240 Eastlake Boulevard.  A total of five firefighters to include paramedics will be housed at Station 32.

In addition to rabies, there are several other viruses that bats transmit to humans.  A human need not be bitten or scratched to contract it.  The disease can be transmitted as an aerosolized virus by way of bat saliva and their feces can transmit viral, bacterial, fungal, AND parasitic infections to humans.  The Fire District attempted to remediate the problem in 2015, only to have the bats return.  Staff will review possible options including contamination cleanup.

TMFPD will also increase its coordination with Carson City Fire Department to the south end of Washoe Valley. 

CONTACT: Adam Mayberry, 775.233.3991

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Regional Partners Remind Communities of Illegal Fireworks

Reno/Sparks/Washoe County, Nevada (June 30, 2022) — The Reno Fire Department, Sparks Fire Department, and Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue would like to remind everyone that fireworks in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County are not only dangerous but illegal.

No fireworks are legal except public fireworks displays permitted through the Fire Department having jurisdiction. Even though it may be legal to purchase fireworks in some locations outside of Washoe County, it is illegal to possess or use fireworks and/or pyrotechnics within the cities of Sparks and Reno and in the unincorporated areas of Washoe County.

Illegal possession or use of fireworks can result in fines up to $1,000 and/or up to six months in jail for each offense, and the laws also provide for seizure and forfeiture of all such materials from individuals by law enforcement. Any citation issued for the use of fireworks will include the cost recovery for suppression activities and enforcement.

“If you happen to have fireworks and would like to get rid of them in a safe manner, you may drop them off at any fire station, no questions asked,” Sparks Division Chief Shawn McEvers said.

Capable of reaching temperatures of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, fireworks are hot enough to cause third-degree burns and severe injury, and damage sight and hearing. Children are especially vulnerable to these dangers. Additionally, loud noises caused by pyrotechnics can also scare pets.

Fireworks are also capable of igniting wildland fires in dry brush and trees.

“This summer, our region is very hot, and the brush and grass very dry,” Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Chief Charles Moore said. “The use of fireworks increases the chances of a wildland fire in the area, putting residents and their homes as well as firefighters at risk.”

Fireworks Facts:

“While it may be legal to purchase fireworks in some locations outside of Washoe County and on Tribal Lands, it is illegal to possess or use fireworks within the cities of Reno and Sparks and Washoe County,” Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran said. “Enjoy your time with friends and family and find alternative activities, such as professional fireworks displays, that do not spark fires.”

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Fire Commissioners Adopt FY 2022-23 Budget – All Fire Stations remain operational

Reno, Nev. June 1, 2022.  The Board of Fire Commissioners adopted the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-23 budget for the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) on May 17, 2020.  All fire stations will remain fully staffed and operational.  Estimated general fund expenditures are $42 million, a decrease of .2 percent from the estimated current fiscal year ending June 30, 2022.  Total General Fund revenues are estimated at $43 million, an increase of 6% percent from the estimated current year. The budget can be viewed here.

“The upcoming fiscal year budget reflects fiscally responsible spending and ensures all fire stations remain fully operational with no service impacts,” said Fire Chief Charles Moore.  “Residents in our fire district should know that we are committed to providing the highest level of service to our residents.”

Budgetary programs for FY 2022-23 include funding for equipment repair and replacement to include radio and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), and investments in the District’s Water Entry Team and Hazmat Team.  Additionally, the Fire District anticipates a new fire academy and officer development school in the new fiscal year.  Additionally, $86,000 has been allocated for the collection of green waste to support Washoe County residents in creating defensible space. 

The Fire District is funded by a designated property tax in unincorporated Washoe County, consolidated sales tax (primarily sales tax).  The jurisdiction of TMFPD is approximately 1,000 square miles and is a large and geographically disperse service area.  The District also provides service north into unincorporated Washoe County. 

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TRUCKEE MEADOWS FIRE & RESCUE TO HOST WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS SEMINAR

Reno, NV (May 11, 2022). In honor of the Golden Anniversary of Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue (TMFR), the agency is hosting a wildfire preparedness seminar to help residents become better informed during the fire season.  The program will help to raise awareness for residents living in high fire-threat locations and how to prepare themselves and their property from the destructive force of wildfire.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 28 from 1 p.m.to 4 p.m. at the Fire District’s headquarters located at 3663 Barron Way in Reno.

Division Chief of Wildfire/Fuels August Isernhagen will share suggested tips on how to prepare property for fire events to include defensible space and home hardening techniques.  Topics include the Fire District’s wildland fuels management program as well as other programs available to the public such as the District’s Green Waste program and participation in the Nevada Network of Fire Adaptive Communities.

Chief Isernhagen has nearly 23 years in natural resource management and wildland fire with a diverse background and experience including time on fire hand crews, engines, helicopter attack crews, and incident management teams. Since joining TMFPD in 2020, he has grown the Wildfire/Fuels Division to 25 personnel and roughly $1.5 million in equipment. Chief Isernhagen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management and Ecology with a Minor in Rangeland Ecology and Management, as well as a Master of Public Administration and Policy degree; both from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Seats are limited and on a first-come basis.  There is no fee for this program.  Sign up here today.  

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WHAT: Wildfire Preparedness Seminar

WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: 3663 Barron Way, Reno, NV.

Contact: Adam Mayberry, 775.326.6073 or amayberry@tmfpd.us

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Celebrating 50 Years of Service – TMFPD’s Fire Safe Container Aim to Prevent Fires

Reno, Nevada. March 21 – Improper ash disposal causes thousands of fires every year, including the Washoe Drive Fire a decade ago in 2012. With continued use of wood-burning fireplaces and stoves, along with increased use of outdoor fire pits, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) is providing fire-safe containers at no charge to Washoe County residents.  The cans can also be used to store rags that have been used for painting, varnishing, or staining and prevent spontaneous combustion.

Beginning Monday, March 28, through Wednesday, March 30, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to Noon (no exceptions) and WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, Washoe County residents can visit the District’s administrative office at 3663 Barron Way, Reno to pick up a free fire-safe container with the District’s commemorative 50th Anniversary logo. No containers will be reserved.

The Fire District only has 200 cans for distribution.  The Fire District cannot deliver the containers.  Containers are limited to one per household, and one per person.  Citizens can also purchase containers at local retailers. 

The Fire District strongly encourages all Washoe County residents to be equipped with a fire-safe container (ash can) which can reduce the threat of fires and substantial damage to homes. Since the program’s inception, the Fire District has seen a decline in the number of fires related to the improper disposal of fireplace ash and oily rags.

“Whether it is heating homes, or barbequing with charcoal briquets, it is important that our residents take prudent fire prevention measures, to include disposing ashes properly using a fire-safe container,” 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 about ash disposal using a fire-safe container.

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Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue to Host Seminar for Home Medical Emergencies

Reno, NV (March 4, 2022) – In honor of the Golden Anniversary of Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue (TMFR), the agency is hosting an emergency medical situational awareness seminar designed to help Washoe County residents who may have elderly loved ones or individuals with chronic illnesses living at home.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m.to Noon at the Fire District’s headquarters located at 3663 Barron Way in Reno.

An experienced paramedic with the agency will be on hand to share what you need to know when reporting a call to a 9-1-1 dispatcher to ensure first responders are better equipped and prepared to respond when arriving at the incident.  A REMSA emergency dispatcher will also be available to share what information they are seeking when communicating with first responders.

Discussions will include what a cardiac arrest looks like to a novice observer, as well as a diabetic and breathing emergency.  Additionally, basic first aid techniques will be demonstrated including CPR and how to respond to choking emergencies for children and adults.

Seats are limited and on a first-come basis.  There is no fee for this program.  Sign up here today.  

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WHAT: Emergency Medical Situation Awareness Seminar

WHEN: Saturday, March 19, 9 a.m. to Noon.

WHERE: 3663 Barron Way, Reno, NV.

Contact: Adam Mayberry, 775.326.6073, amayberry@tmfpd.us

Are you ready for wildfire season? Locations for Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue, Spring 2022 Green Waste Collection

Reno, Nev. March 3, 2022 – Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue’s (TMFR) Green Waste Collection Days offer the best alternative to create defensible space. Green waste collection allows residents to dispose of their dry and dead vegetation, shrubs, tree branches, and other wildland fuels to encourage the creation of defensible space to protect homes and property from wildfires.  This is a free event sponsored by the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District for all Washoe County residents, with support from NV Energy, Nevada Division of Forestry, Living With Fire (UNR Cooperative Extension), and Fire Adapted Nevada.

Green Waste Collection will take place beginning at 9 am until 4 pm, weather permitting at the following locations (check this website prior to the event to ensure it has not been canceled due to weather conditions or a Red Flag Warning): 

Mach 19: Lemmon Valley

April 9: Washoe Valley

May 14: Palomino Valley

Valley

May 15: Spanish Springs

Examples of accepted items include junipers, pines, rabbitbrush, sagebrush, and other woody vegetation.

ONLY natural vegetation, please.  Items we will NOT accept include household garbage and trash, lumber, hazardous materials, grass clippings, dirt and gravel, and stumps with root balls.  Tree stumps more than 8 inches in diameter will not be accepted.  Additionally, we cannot accept items in bags.  Bags must be emptied on-site and removed.  No commercial waste will be accepted from contractors or landscape companies.

Please do not dispose of waste outside of assigned hours.  Discarding waste outside of operating hours will be considered illegal dumping.  Please dispose of items during working hours.

OPEN BURNING UPDATE: Additionally, open burning, also known as pile burning for residents who reside in the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) will resume March 19 – 31, 2022, weather permitting.  Details here.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Grand opening of the Northern Nevada African American Firefighter Museum

WHAT:           Grand Opening, Northern Nevada African American Firefighter Museum (NNAAFM).

WHEN:           Saturday, February 26, 11am to Noon

WHERE:         218 Kennedy Drive

In honor of Black History Month, please join us in celebrating the grand opening of the Northern Nevada African American Firefighter Museum (NNAAFM).

Our Story, Inc. (OSI), is proud to share the experiences of the unsung heroes in Northern Nevada and excited to announce the opening of our Northern Nevada African American Firefighter Museum (NNAAFM) which will be housed in the historic Black Springs Volunteer Fire Department building located at 218 Kennedy Drive in the Grandview Terrace area North of Reno in a small community known by some as Black Springs. 

From the 1950s to the 1980s this community consisted of Nevadans who created opportunities for themselves through hard work, tenacious appeals for equal access to public help, and fighting for civil rights.  Because of their perseverance, the Black Springs community built the community’s infrastructure and fire department which was housed in the building OSI will use for the NNAAFM.

Contact Demetrice P. Dalton at 775-395-9188 for more information

TMFPD Secures Federal Grant to Reduce Wildfire Threat

Reno, NV (February 2, 2022) – The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District was awarded a grant from the United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management in the amount of $786,435 for wildland fuels reduction programs.  The grant funds come through the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA).  The funds will be used to treat hazardous wildland fuels on Sky Tavern and areas along Mt. Rose Highway.

“We appreciate the continued support of Senator Cortez-Masto, Senator Rosen, and Congressman Amodei for helping us attain this valuable funding which will go a long way to reduce the fire threat along the Mount Rose Highway,” said TMFPD Fire Chief Charles Moore.  “Fuel mitigation programs are a critical need to keep our communities safe from wildfires.”

Sky Tavern reached out to TMFPD for help in reducing the threat of wildfires.  The agency has a fuel management program consisting of 20 personnel and resources to address concerns.  The project is planned to commence as early as August 2022.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Service – TMFPD’s Fire Safe Container Aim to Prevent Fires

DUE TO HIGH DEMAND, WE ARE OUT OF STOCK UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (JANUARY 12, 2022)

Reno, Nevada. January 5, 2022 – Improper ash disposal causes thousands of fires every year, including the Washoe Drive Fire a decade ago in 2012. With continued use of wood burning fireplaces and stoves, along with increased use of outdoor fire pits, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) is providing fire-safe containers at no charge to Washoe County residents.  The cans can also be used to store rags that have been used for painting, varnishing or staining and prevent spontaneous combustion.

Beginning Monday, January 10, through Friday, January 14, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to Noon (no exceptions) and while supplies last, Washoe County residents can visit the District’s administrative office at 3663 Barron Way, Reno to pick up a free fire safe container with the District’s commemorative 50th Anniversary logo. No containers will be reserved.

The Fire District only has 200 cans for distribution.  Please wear face coverings and be prepared to show Nevada Identification.  The Fire District cannot deliver the containers.  Containers are limited to one per household.  Citizens can also purchase containers at local retailers. 

The Fire District strongly encourages all Washoe County residents to be equipped with a fire-safe container (ash can) which can reduce the threat of fires and substantial damage to homes. Since the program’s inception, the Fire District has seen a decline in the number of fires related to the improper disposal of fireplace ash and oily rags.

“Whether it is heating homes, or barbequing with charcoal briquets, it is important that our residents take prudent fire prevention measures, to include disposing ashes properly using a fire-safe container,” 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 the proper way to dispose of ashes using a fire-safe container.

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Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue offers safety tips this Thanksgiving

Reno, NV,  Nov. 17, 2021 – The holiday season can present a higher risk of structure fires.  “We want our Washoe County families to have a safe Thanksgiving and holiday season,” said Fire Chief Charles Moore.  “Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.”

Here are some tips to follow that will assure the safety of you and your loved ones this Thanksgiving:

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving. 

In 2019, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,400 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.  Unattended cooking is by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.  Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.

On behalf of the firefighters and staff at Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue, we wish our residents a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. We are thankful to serve you!

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Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue Announces Open Burning in December 2021

Reno, NV. November 16, 2021 – Open burning, also known as pile burning for residents who reside in the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) will be allowed effective December 1, 2021 through the end of the month, December 31, 2021, weather permitting, and with an approved burn permit. 

Open burning will resume March 19 – 31, 2022 with the same restrictions. 

Pile burning refers to the burning of cut and stacked vegetation, which is a useful method to reduce combustible vegetation and create defensible space. 

This year, open burning comes on the heels of the Fire District’s 11 days of green waste collection since October.  Additionally, Waste Management allows extra bags for curbside pickup during the month of November for residents in unincorporated Washoe County.  The Fire District encourages residents to take advantage of this program by bagging and discarding leaves and dry vegetation.

In order to reduce smoke sightings by residents which trigger fire response by Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue crews, pile burning will be allowed only during the month of December under the following two conditions:

  1. With a 2021-2022 approved burn permit, when conditions allow. Previous or past burning permits are no longer valid.
  2. Only if it is a designated permissible burn day by Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District as noted here.

Pile burning on properties outside of the Truckee Meadows Hydrographic Basin 87 is limited to parcels 1 acre in size or larger. Parcels inside the Truckee Meadows Hydrographic Basin 87 must be 2 acres in size or larger.  After submitting the application online, users will be immediately approved or denied a burn permit based on their property location and parcel size.

Pile burning will be allowed throughout December as long as conditions permit and can change at any time. Residents are responsible for their burn and will held liable if they fail to abide by proper burning procedures and cause a wildfire. Nevada Revised Statue 474.550 provides that: “Any person, firm, association, or agency which willfully or negligently causes a fire may be charged with the expense incurred in the extinguishing the fire.

In order to burn, ALL residents must file a 2021-2022 Burn Permit with TMFPD.  The automated permit application can be accessed online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Before initiating any open burning, visit the home page of the Fire District’s website at www.tmfpd.us to determine whether or not it is a permissible burn day, or call the burn hotline at 775.328.6000, option 1.  If a red flag appears on the District’s homepage, burning will not be allowed under any circumstances. 

Residents must be aware of rules and regulations to burn in the Truckee Meadows to include:

A permit is NOT required from TMFPD for residential recreational fires, outdoor fireplaces, portable outdoor fireplaces, or barbeque grills. A recreational fire is an outdoor fire in a fire pit or ring 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height where materials other than rubbish are being burned.

The Fire Code defines a recreational fire as being intended for cooking, warmth, religious, ceremonial, or other special purposes. A recreational fire shall not have a total fuel area greater than 3 feet in diameter and must be 2 feet or less in height.  Residents should check their Homeowner Association requirements on regulations governing recreational fires.

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TMFPD Lifts Some Fire Restrictions – Open Burning Remains Prohibited

Reno, NV.  October 8, 2021 – The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District has lifted fire restrictions as it pertains to outdoor recreational and cooking fires only. 

The use of recreational appliances including charcoal briquettes and outdoor wood fires are now permissible if they are confined to outdoor fireplaces and fire pits. Go to OUTDOOR BURNING for more information.

Certain fire restrictions remain in place:

“As cooler temps begin to take hold and humidity increases, we are lifting some fire restrictions in the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District,” said Deputy Fire Chief Dale Way.  “Never leave an open flame unattended, always have a water source or fire extinguisher near the fire, and make sure the fire is thoroughly extinguished when no longer in use.”

Fire restrictions are intended for residential properties. Check with park and campground operators on their respective fire restrictions.

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District serves unincorporated Washoe County, except for the Incline Village area which is served by the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District.

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Prepare Defensible Space – Locations for Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue Green Waste Collection, Autumn 2021

Reno, Nev. Sep. 21, 2021 – Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue’s (TMFR) Green Waste Collection Days offer the best alternative to create defensible space.  Green waste collection allows residents to dispose of their dry and dead vegetation, shrubs, tree branches, and other wildland fuels to encourage the creation of defensible space to protect homes and property from wildfires.  This is a free event sponsored by the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District for all Washoe County residents, with support from NV Energy, Nevada Division of Forestry, Living With Fire (UNR Cooperative Extension), and Fire Adapted Nevada.

Green Waste Collection will take place beginning at 9 am until 4 pm, weather permitting at the following locations (check this website prior to the event to ensure it has not been canceled due to weather conditions or a Red Flag Warning): 

October 9 & 10:          Washoe Valley

Nevada Division of Forestry Fire Station, 885 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley

October 17:                 Near Virginia Highlands

Corner of Toll Road and Geiger Grade

SPECIAL NOTE: larger loads, similar to the size of a trailer with a double axle, must be taken to Nevada Division of Forestry Fire Station, 885 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley. Crews will divert larger loads to this location.

October 23:                 Caughlin Ranch / Mogul

Mayberry Park, 101 Woodland Avenue, Reno

October 24:                 Verdi

Crystal Peak Park, 561 Crystal Peak Rd, Verdi

November 6 & 7:        North Valleys (two Locations)

Silver Lake Station, 11525 Red Rock Road, Reno

Lemmon Valley Station, 130 Nectar Street, Reno

November 13:             Palomino Valley

Ironwood Equestrian Center, 5600 Whiskey Springs Road, Palomino Valley

November 14:            Spanish Springs

Lazy 5 Regional Park, 7100 Pyramid Way, Sparks

December 4 & 5:        Washoe Valley (repeat)

Nevada Division of Forestry Fire Station, 885 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley

Examples of accepted items include junipers, pines, rabbitbrush, sagebrush, and other woody vegetation.

ONLY natural vegetation, please.  Items we will NOT accept include household garbage and trash, lumber, hazardous materials, grass clippings, dirt and gravel, and stumps with root balls.  Tree stumps in excess of 8 inches in diameter will not be accepted.  Additionally, we cannot accept items in bags.  Bags must be emptied on-site and removed.  Commercial waste will NOT be accepted from contractors or landscape companies.

Please do not dispose of waste outside of assigned hours.  Discarding waste outside of operating hours will be considered illegal dumping.  Please dispose of items during working hours.

Fire restrictions remain in place in the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.  As a reminder, open (pile) burning, campfires/bonfires, and barrel burning is prohibited.

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Truckee Meadow Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Earns Prestigious Credential

Reno, Nev. August 24, 2021 – Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue Deputy Fire Chief Dale Way has successful completed the process that earned him the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO).  The Commission on Professional Credentialing met on August 3 to confer designation.  Chief Way becomes one of only 1,554 CFO’s worldwide.

The CFO Designation program is voluntary and designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components including fire and emergency services experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, association membership, community involvement, and technical competence.

The CFO designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential.  “On behalf of Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue, I want to congratulate Chief Way on achieving this important designation, which signifies his commitment in the fire and rescue service,” said Fire Chief Charles Moore. 

Chief Way has more than 25 years of experience in the Nevada fire service and has worked for Clark County, Las Vegas, and North Las Vegas Fire Departments prior to beginning his service with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District in February 2020. Chief Way graduated from the National Labor College with a degree in Business Administration and graduated from the College of Southern Nevada with degrees in Fire Science Technology and Fire Science Management.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC), an entity of the Center of Public Safety Excellence Inc., administers the CFO Designation Program.  The CPC consists of individuals for academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession.

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Contact: Adam Mayberry, 775.326.6073, amayberry@tmfpd.us

**FIRE RESTRICTIONS** Outdoor Recreational & Cooking Fires Now Prohibited

Reno, Nev. July 19, 2021 – Effective immediately and until further notice, in accordance with Section 307.1.1 of the adopted fire code, all outdoor recreational and cooking fires are prohibited in the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, except for the residential use of propane, electric, and pellet fueled barbeques.  All other recreational appliances including charcoal briquettes and any outdoor wood fires are prohibited.  This includes campfires.

This is a necessary step due to the unseasonable heat and dryness of the wildland fuels in our region. As this activity could create or add to a hazardous situation, in accordance with Section 307.3 of the adopted fire code, TMFPD personnel have the authority to extinguish such fires on any property within the Fire District.

“We aren’t even halfway through the fire season, and we’ve already seen several devastating wildfires in the region and neighboring states of California and Oregon and we must take immediate action to decrease the possibility of wildfires in unincorporated Washoe County,” said Deputy Fire Chief Dale Way.

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Fireworks are illegal in Washoe County

Contact: Adam Mayberry, 775.233.3991 or amayberry@tmfpd.us

Reno, Nev. June 23, 2020.   As the Nation celebrates its 245th Birthday, Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue reminds residents that the use of any fireworks in Washoe County are illegal, and unsafe.

The penalty for possession or use of fireworks can be a fine up to $1,000.00 and up to 6 months in jail for each misdemeanor conviction, which includes parents of juveniles.  Additionally, the person(s) can also be held responsible for the cost of suppressing the fire.

Capable of reaching temperatures of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, fireworks are hot enough to cause third degree burns and severe injury, and damage sight and hearing.  Children are especially vulnerable to the dangers.  And loud noises caused by pyrotechnics can also scare pets.

Fireworks are capable of igniting wildland fires in dry brush and trees.  “This summer, our region is very hot and the brush and grass is very dry,” Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Chief Charles Moore said. “The use of fireworks increases the chances of a wildland fire in the area, putting residents and their homes as well as firefighters at risk. Enjoy your time with friends and family and find alternative activities, like professional fireworks displays, that do not spark fires,” said Chief Moore.

While it may be legal to purchase fireworks in some locations outside of Washoe County and on tribal lands, it is illegal to possess or use fireworks within the Washoe County and the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.

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Green Waste Collection Sunday (6/20) in Washoe Valley – Create Defensible Space for protection of wildfires

Reno, Nev. June 15, 2021 – Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue will host its final Green Waste Collection Day for the season on Sunday (Father’s Day), June 20 at the Nevada Division of Forestry Fire Station, 885 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley.  The event will take place from 9am until 4pm.  This is a makeup day for a previous event that was cancelled due to Red Flag Conditions.

This is a free event sponsored by the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District for all Washoe County residents, with support from NV Energy, Nevada Division of Forestry, Living With Fire (UNR Cooperative Extension), and Fire Adapted Nevada.

Green waste collection allows residents to dispose of their dry and dead vegetation, shrubs, tree branches, and other wildland fuels to encourage the creation of defensible space to protect homes and property from wildfires. 

Examples of accepted items include junipers, pines, rabbitbrush, sagebrush, and other woody vegetation.

ONLY natural vegetation, please.  Items we will NOT accept include household garbage and trash, lumber, hazardous materials, grass clippings, dirt and gravel, and stumps with root balls.  Tree stumps more than 8 inches in diameter will not be accepted.  Additionally, we cannot accept items in bags.  Bags must be emptied on site and removed. 

Special Note: No loads will be accepted from contractors.  Additionally, loads will not be accepted after closing hours.  Green waste dumps outside of the designated hours or at other TMFR locations will be considered illegal dumping and will be followed up with law enforcement.

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Green Waste Collection this weekend in Washoe Valley – Create Defensible Space for protection of wildfires

Reno, Nev. June 3, 2021 – Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue will host its final spring Green Waste Collection Days this weekend, June 5 & 6 at the Nevada Division of Forestry Fire Station, 885 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley.  The event will take place from 9am until 4pm, weather permitting and as long as it is not a Red Flag Day (critical fire weather) as determined by the National Weather Service.

This is a free event sponsored by the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District for all Washoe County residents, with support from NV Energy, Nevada Division of Forestry, Living With Fire (UNR Cooperative Extension), and Fire Adapted Nevada.

Green waste collection allows residents to dispose of their dry and dead vegetation, shrubs, tree branches, and other wildland fuels to encourage the creation of defensible space to protect homes and property from wildfires. 

Examples of accepted items include junipers, pines, rabbitbrush, sagebrush, and other woody vegetation.

ONLY natural vegetation, please.  Items we will NOT accept include household garbage and trash, lumber, hazardous materials, grass clippings, dirt and gravel, and stumps with root balls.  Tree stumps more than 8 inches in diameter will not be accepted.  Additionally, we cannot accept items in bags.  Bags must be emptied on site and removed. 

Special Note: No loads will be accepted from contractors.  Additionally, loads will not be accepted after closing hours.  Green waste dumps outside of the designated hours or at other TMFR locations will be considered illegal dumping and will be followed up with law enforcement.

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Fire Commissioners Adopt FY 2021-22 Budget – All Fire Stations remain staffed and fully operational

Reno, Nev. May 18, 2021.  Today, the Board of Fire Commissioners adopted the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22 budget for the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD).  All fire stations will remain fully staffed and operational.  Estimated general fund expenditures are $39 million, an increase of 5.8 percent from the estimated current fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.  Total General Fund revenues are estimated at $38 million, an increase of 5.7 percent from the estimated current year. The TMFPD budget can be viewed here.

“We take our responsibility of stewardship of the taxpayer’s dollars seriously, and endeavor to spend wisely and effectively,” said Fire Chief Charles Moore.  “Residents in our service area should know that we are committed to providing the highest level of service to our residents.”

Budgetary goals for FY 2021-22 include funding for further work on the design and construction of a new fire station in Hidden Valley (Station 37), design work for the consolidated fire station in Washoe Valley, the purchase of fire vehicles, as well as funding for repairs and maintenance of the Fire District facilities and vehicles. The funding also accounts for maintaining current service levels.

The Fire District is funded by a designated property tax in unincorporated Washoe County, consolidated sales tax (primarily sales tax).  The jurisdiction of TMFPD is approximately 1,000 square miles, and is a large and geographically disperse service area.  The District also provides service north into unincorporated Washoe County.  All District fire stations are budgeted to remain open 100 percent of the time.

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TMFR Offers Janssen Vaccine Saturday, May 8

Reno, Nev. May 3, 2021.  Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue is hosting a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Saturday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fire Headquarters, 3663 Barron Way in Reno.  

The clinic will offer 300 doses of the Janssen Vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) which is limited to one dose.  The process is quick and easy, and the vaccine is free and effective.  Reservations are required and go quickly at TMFPD.us

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Spring 2021 Open Burn Season to End Effective Immediately in TMFPD

Reno, Nev. April 26, 2021.  The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) is announcing that the permitted spring burn season will end immediately in the Fire District.

“The recent storm underperformed, and temperatures are forecasted for record highs later this week, wildland fuels are drying out and increasing the threat of wildfires,” said Fire Chief Charles Moore. “We appreciate our residents’ efforts to protect our community by clearing properties of excess vegetation, and creating defensible space around their homes to reduce the threat of destruction from wildfires.”

One alternative to open burning and disposing of green waste is to take advantage of the Fire District’s free green waste collection days.  The final green waste collection day for the spring season will be June 5 & 6, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Nevada Division of Forestry, 885 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley. 

Green waste collection allows residents to dispose of their dry and dead vegetation, shrubs, tree branches, and other wildland fuels to encourage the creation of defensible space to protect homes and property from wildfires.  Learn more here.

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Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue Launches Community Connect

Reno, Nev. Apr. 19, 2021 – Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue (TMFR) has launched Community Connect, an easy-to-use online application that will improve service to residents and businesses who reside in the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.

The application focuses on protecting residents and their property in the most effective way possible during an incident or major disaster. Community Connect is a secure and easy to use platform that allows residents to share critical information about their household in order to aid TMFR firefighters and paramedics and other emergency service personnel to respond more efficiently and effectively; ultimately resulting in better incident outcomes. 

Community Connect is completely voluntary. Residents are individually able to decide which information they are comfortable sharing and can create a profile and enter critical property and occupant information which is then made available to TMFR at the time of dispatch.

Important information such as if ​the resident that has mobility or other types of access or functional needs, if oxygen is used in the house, pets, residential access information such as gates codes, or if hazardous material is stored on the property are just some of the key information points that will help TMFR respond more effectively. Residents only need to ​provide information in the areas on the application they feel are applicable to their household and needs.   

“The more information we have at the time of an emergency, the more efficiently and effective we can serve our residents,” said Fire Chief Charles Moore.  “We encourage our residents to sign up today.”

Data provided by residents within Community Connect is exclusively controlled by the homeowner. All data is kept confidential and used solely for the purpose of fire and law enforcement personnel to better serve residents during emergency situations.

In addition to the residential portal, Community Connect also helps business owners and managers keep people at their commercial properties safe by giving first responders access to critical documents such as evacuation procedures, occupant rosters, hazardous material lists and more. Additionally, designated contacts at properties that joined the program will receive immediate alerts via text message when First Responders are dispatched to the building address.  

To learn more about the program and to create your profile, visit Truckee Meadows Community Connect at tmfpd.us/communityconnect.

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Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue Spring Green Waste Collection

Reno, Nev. Mar. 23, 2021 – Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue (TMFR) Green Waste Collection Days offer the best alternative to create defensible space.  Green waste collection allows residents to dispose of their dry and dead vegetation, shrubs, tree branches, and other wildland fuels to encourage the creation of defensible space to protect homes and property from wildfires. 

“We want to get the word out to our residents today to start making plans for defensible space preparation for the upcoming wildfire season and take advantage of our green waste drop-off locations,” said Fire Chief Charles Moore. “We are proud to make this community service available to all residents of Washoe County. I appreciate our personnel and partner agencies who help make this possible.”

This is a free event sponsored by the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District for all Washoe County residents, with support from NV Energy, Nevada Division of Forestry, Living With Fire (UNR Cooperative Extension), and Fire Adapted Nevada.

Green Waste Collection will take place from 9am until 4pm, weather permitting at the following locations:

April 17 & 18:  Lemmon Valley Fire Station, 130 Nectar Street, Reno

April 25:          Ironwood Equestrian Center, 5600 Whiskey Springs Road, Palomino Valley

June 5 & 6:      Nevada Division of Forestry, 885 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley

Examples of accepted items include junipers, pines, rabbitbrush, sagebrush, and other woody vegetation.

ONLY natural vegetation, please.  Items we will NOT accept include household garbage and trash, lumber, hazardous materials, grass clippings, dirt and gravel, and stumps with root balls.  Tree stumps more than 8 inches in diameter will not be accepted.  Additionally, we cannot accept items in bags.  Bags must be emptied on site and removed. 

SPECIAL NOTICE:

The Silver Lake Fire Station will not be used for the spring 2021 Green Waste Collection Days. 

No loads will be accepted from contractors.  Additionally, loads will not be accepted after closing hours.  Green waste dumps outside of the designated hours or at other TMFR locations will be considered illegal dumping and will be followed up with law enforcement.

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Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue Presents 2021 Community Report

Reno, NV. February 8, 2021 –  The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District is pleased to present its 2021 Community Report available online the Fire District’s website www.TMFPD.us.  

The timely publication includes information on the initiatives, programs, and projects underway in the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.

“Recent years have brought us challenging fire seasons with many large-scale wildfires,” said Fire Chief Charles Moore.  “This document highlights the hard work and dedication of our firefighters and paramedics as we continue to look ahead at how we can reduce the fire risk and other dangers to our citizens.”

The report highlights the Fire District’s new wildland fuels reductions division started last year with 15 wildland firefighters, heavy equipment operator, and a division chief tasked with clearing targeted areas in unincorporated Washoe County that present a significant threat to wildfire.  Many of the fuels reductions programs are funded by NV Energy as much of the work includes areas around utility infrastructure.  The crew is also utilized to fight wildland fires.

The Fire District has also improved service with the acquisition with 14 new apparatus to include a ladder truck, new fire engines, dozers, water tender, and type 5 vehicles that allow quick access to hard-to-reach and difficult terrain where wildfires and other emergencies often occur. 

The report was produced internally with no additional cost to the District’s residents.

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GALENA Residents: Expect to see and smell smoke beginning Monday, February 8.

Reno, NV (Feb. 7, 2021). Galena residents can expect to see and smell smoke for a prescribed burn beginning Monday, February 8, weather and air quality permitting. The burning will last for a period of several day and will remain attended at all times, 24/7.

The burning of piles will take place off of Joy Lake Road. This particular terrain does not allow for mechanical access. There has been comprehensive planning and risk analysis prior to the implementation of this burn.

On-site will be 9-12 hand crew firefighters and a Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) Fire Engine. It will be overseen by an experienced Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) Burn Boss along with a TMFPD burn boss to provide additional oversight. The burn’s risk is extremely low given the winter conditions and ground snow coverage.

Why a Prescribed Burn?

Further questions can be directed to 775.326.6071.

Thank you for your cooperation and support and we work to reduce the fire threat in our communities.

Open Burning now Permissible with Approved Burn Permit Beginning December 1

Reno, Nev. November 25, 2020.  Open/pile burning of green waste for residents who reside in the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) will be allowed beginning December 1 until further notice.  In order to reduce smoke sightings by residents which trigger fire response by Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue crews, open burning will be allowed only for the first seven days of the month under three conditions:

  1. With an approved burn permit, when conditions allow.  Previous or past burning permits are no longer valid.
  2. Only if Washoe County Air Quality Division has designated a Green Day as noted here.  
  3. Only if it is a designated permissible burn day by Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District as noted here.

Open burning on properties outside of the Truckee Meadows Hydrographic Basin 87 is limited to parcels 1 acre in size or larger. Parcels inside the Truckee Meadows Hydrographic Basin 87 must be 2 acres in size or larger.  After submitting the application online, users will be immediately approved or denied a burn permit based on their property location and parcel size.

Open burning or pile burns refers to the burning of cut and stacked vegetation, which is a useful method to reduce combustible vegetation, as well as to allow for property maintenance and agricultural activities.  This year, open burning comes on the heels of the Fire District’s 20 days of green waste collection.  Additionally, Waste Management allows extra bags for curbside pickup during November.

Open burning does not include recreational fires. A permit is NOT required from TMFPD for residential recreational or cooking fires. A recreational fire is an outdoor fire where using a fire pit, chimenea, outdoor fireplace, or similar equipment or devices as being intended for cooking, warmth, or other special purposes, and rubbish is not being burned. According to the fire code, recreational fire shall not have a total fuel area greater than 3 feet in diameter and must be 2 feet or less in height. Residents should check their respective homeowner’s association (HOA) requirements on regulations governing recreational fires.

Open burning will be allowed on the first seven days of each month as long as conditions permit and can change at any time.  Residents are responsible for their burn and will held liable if they fail to abide by proper burning procedures and cause a wildfire.  Nevada Revised Statue 474.550 provides that: “Any person, firm, association, or agency which willfully or negligently causes a fire may be charged with the expense incurred in the extinguishing the fire.

In order to burn, ALL residents must file a 2020/2021 Burn Permit with TMFPD.  The automated permit application can be accessed online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Before initiating any open burning, visit the home page of the Fire District’s website at www.tmfpd.us to determine whether or not it is a permissible burn day.  If a red flag appears on the District’s homepage, burning will not be allowed under any circumstances.  It is also important to know the burn code administered by Washoe County Air Quality Management Division.

Residents must be aware of rules and regulations to burn (helpful video here) in the Truckee Meadows to include:

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Outdoor Recreational & Cooking Fires Permitted

Reno, NV. November 9, 2020 – Effective Immediately, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District has lifted the prohibition on all outdoor recreational and cooking fires.  The recent snowfall and cooler temperatures have brought favorable conditions to the Truckee Meadows. Please review the criteria for recreational fires and outdoor fireplaces/fire pits

Always have a fire extinguisher or access to water nearby any open flame. 

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Truckee Meadows Fire Green Waste Collection Days – Create Defensible Space

**UPDATED on October 20, 2020** Locations for FREE Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue Green Waste Collection

Reno, Nev. – TMFR’s Green Waste Collection Days offer the best alternative to create defensible space.  Green waste collection allows residents to dispose of their dry and dead vegetation, shrubs, tree branches, and other wildland fuels to encourage the creation of defensible space to protect homes and property from wildfires.  This is a free event sponsored by the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District as a community service for all Washoe County residents, with support from NV Energy, Nevada Division of Forestry, Living with Fire (UNR Cooperative Extension), and Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities.

Green Waste Collection will take place from 9am until 4pm.  Some dates have two separate locations for small and large loads.

*Large loads equal loads larger than a pickup bed.

November 6 (Fri) & 7 (Sat):             TWO LOCATIONS

Small Loads: Crystal Peak Park, 561 Crystal Park Rd, Verdi

*Large Loads: NDF Fire Station, 885 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley

November 8 (Sun) & 9 (Mon):             TWO LOCATIONS

Small Loads: Scolari’s, 5430 Sun Valley Blvd, Sun Valley

*Large Loads: NDF Fire Station, 885 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley

November 13 (Fri) & 14 (Sat):        Lemmon Valley Station, 130 Nectar Street, Reno (One Location Only: Large and Small Loads accepted)

November 15 (Sun) & 16 (Mon):        Silver Lake Station, 11525 Red Rock Road, Reno (One Location Only: Large and Small Loads accepted)

November 20 (Fri) & 21 (Sat):        Ironwood Equestrian Center, 5600 Whiskey Springs Road, Palomino Valley (One Location Only: Large and Small Loads accepted)

November 22 (Sun) & 23 (Mon):        TWO LOCATIONS

Small Loads: Lazy 5 Regional Park, 7100 Pyramid Way, Sparks

*Large Loads: NDF Fire Station, 885 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley

Examples of accepted items include junipers, pines, rabbitbrush, sagebrush, and other woody vegetation.

ONLY natural vegetation, please.  Items we will NOT accept include household garbage and trash, lumber, hazardous materials, grass clippings, dirt and gravel, and stumps with root balls.  Tree stumps in excess of 8 inches in diameter will not be accepted.  Additionally, we cannot accept items in bags.  Bags must be emptied on site and removed. 

While we appreciate residents taking part in this free green waste collection to create defensible space, please do not use designated locations to dispose of green waste after events. Dumping is illegal in Washoe County, Nevada and punishable by fines and jail time.

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Outdoor Recreational & Cooking Fires Now Prohibited

Reno, Nev. Sept 11, 2020 – Effective immediately, in accordance with Section 307.1.1 of the adopted fire code, and until further notice, all outdoor recreational and cooking fires are prohibited in the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, except for the residential use of propane barbeques.  All other recreational appliances including charcoal briquettes and propane fire pits and any outdoor wood fires are prohibited to include wood pellet smokers.

This is a necessary step due to the unseasonable heat and dryness of the wildland fuels in our region.

“We’ve seen the devastation of wildfires locally and in neighboring states like California, Oregon, and Washington and we must take immediate action to decrease the potential of wildfires in unincorporated Washoe County,” said Fire Chief Charles Moore.

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