Fire Restrictions Now in Effect – TMFPD

July 3, 2024
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Fire Restrictions are now in effect in the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District – Failure to comply may result in a citation

Reno, NV (July 2, 2024)Effective TODAY, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, 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 (TMFPD), except for the use of propane, electric, and pellet-fueled barbecues. All other recreational appliances including charcoal briquettes and any outdoor wood fires, including the use of fire pits, are restricted. Campfires and bonfires are also prohibited.

“The extreme heat and dry conditions have increased our local wildfire risk exponentially,” said TMFPD Fire Chief Charles Moore. “We understand the inconvenience these restrictions impose on some of our residents and appreciate the support and cooperation. Our region depends on all of us working together to decrease the fire threat this summer and keep our communities safe.”

In addition, the following activities are prohibited until further notice, or until these restrictions have been rescinded; smoking outdoors, welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame, operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine between the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

As a reminder, fireworks, tracer ammunition, and exploding targets are illegal year-round in Washoe County. It is not recommended to perform shooting activities during this period of time, especially with steel-tipped ammunition.

This is a necessary step due to the unseasonable heat and dryness of the wildland fuels in our region. Local wildland fuels have dried to a point where being able to catch, contain, and extinguish a fire start is very difficult and less likely, increasing risk to our citizens. As these activities 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, and to issue citations for violating these restrictions as well as potential citation or arrest for disobeying, resisting, interfering, or any conduct likely to interfere with the extinguishment of the fire (NRS 475.070).

Residents must understand that if they are found responsible for starting a fire that involves their disregard in adherence to these restrictions that they may be held responsible for the total cost of fighting the fire (NRS 474.550).

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This press release is re-posted as a service to our community, see the original post on the TMFPD website.