Spring open burning permits in Reno and Washoe County

April 20, 2011

Permits for open burning of vegetative materials are being issued by the Sierra Fire Protection District and the Reno Fire Department for the burn period starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, and is anticipated to end at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, in accordance with Washoe County air quality standards and requirements. However, the open burn period could close sooner, depending on weather conditions and fire danger.

New permits can be obtained by calling the Reno Fire Department at (775) 328-3659. The Reno Fire Department is also providing on-line applications on its website. Permits for open burning in the Sierra Fire Protection District can be obtained by calling (775) 849-1108 x5 or by emailing a permit request to SierraFireBurnPermit@WashoeCounty.us.

Burning of household refuse, trash, cardboard, rubber products, tires, plastic, petroleum, construction debris and other non-vegetative materials is prohibited. Open burning is not allowed on windy days and is subject to local air quality controls by the Washoe County Health Department. Open burning may begin at 6 a.m., but fires must be out by 2 p.m. Use these safety precautions when burning…

  • Keep open burns at least 25 feet from structures or brush.
  • Create a firebreak by removing all combustible materials for at least 10-15-feet around the perimeter of the burn area.
  • Burn only leaves, limbs, pine needles and other vegetative materials.
  • Keep fires small and controllable.
  • Maintain a rake, shovel and a connected and charged garden hose at the burn site.
  • Never leave an open burn unattended.
  • Do not use accelerants such as gasoline or lighter fluid to start burning.
  • Keep children away from the burn area.
  • Re-check the fire site for smoldering materials that could rekindle 30-60 minutes after extinguishing the burn pile.

For More Information:
– Reno Fire Marshal Joan Presley – (775) 657-4626
– Sierra Fire Protection District Captain Mark Regan – (775) 354-9529

Source: Washoe County press release.

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