RENO — The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District announced a restriction on any and all open burning in Washoe County for the summer season Friday, “due to record levels of dryness and extreme fire conditions which maximize the potential for catastrophic fire.”
The ban on open burning follows several red flag warnings already issued in northern Nevada this spring. The City of Reno has delayed burn season for the spring and may not open it at all, according to its website. Call the hotline at 328-3659 for more information.
“Any spark could start a major fire. Citizens are urged to use caution with any and all activities that could generate a spark, including use of power tools and barbeques,” said TMFPD Chief Charles Moore. “Even parking your car on vegetation can start a fire by way of very hot catalytic converters. Both the Caughlin and Washoe Fires were propelled by significant wind and we are asking citizens to be proactive during this season, which is why we issued a ban on open burning.”
Truckee Meadows Fire Chief, Charles A. Moore, reminded residents that they are the first step in fire prevention.
In other Truckee Meadows Fire District news, the district opened the Arrowcreek Fire Station at the intersection of Thomas Cree and Arrowcreek Parkway for full operations, including around-the-clock staffing earlier this week.
The station will service the areas of Arrowceek, Galena, Mount Rose and Southwest Reno.
The Joy Lake Road fire station, at 4000 Joy Lake Road, is also in full operation.
“This a significant new resource for us in that it opens up an additional dimension to our response in the southern part of our district,” Moore said. “We are better prepared to respond up and down U.S. 395, Mount Rose Hwy., and to stabilize emergencies that occur north and south of that area. As of Monday we have been fully operational with a 24/7 crew of three as well at the Joy Lake Station.”
A grand opening for the Arrowcreek Fire Station will be June 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. Food will be provided by Bronx Pizzeria. The grand opening is open to the public.