The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) is now allowing open burning, as of March 4, 2017. Open burning will be allowed until TMFPD determines that fuel moistures and weather require burning to be closed. Residents are not required to get a new burn permit for 2017 if they currently have a valid 2016 permit. For more information, call the main TMFPD office at (775) 326-6000.

Residents of the TMFPD will be allowed to burn vegetation and ditches in preparation for spring irrigation and vegetation management of properties. Permits with all required restrictions and information may be downloaded from the TMFPD website or obtained at the main office (Washoe County Complex, 1001 East Ninth Street, Building D, Reno, NV 89512). Permits will not be available at fire stations. Burning must conclude by 2 p.m. each day and residents must adhere to the regulations listed on the burn permit.

Residents are subject to fines if they do not follow the regulations of the permit or burn outside the permissible burn times and dates. Burning of material in a burn barrel or the burning of trash is not allowed at any time. Residents who live on 1/4 acre or less will not be allowed to burn on their property. Residents are required to call the TMFPD burn line prior to burning at (775) 326-6000, to verify it is a permissible burn day.

TMFPD permits only include open buring in the unincorporated areas of Washoe County. For information about open burning in Reno and Sparks, visit these sites…

Source: Washoe County press release.

The Washoe County Sheriffs Office Citizen Corps is offering an emergency preparedness and response training academy beginning January 19, 2017. The training is free and trainees are not required to become a Citizen Corps volunteer to participate.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Academy provides residents with the information they need to help save lives and reduce trauma in the event of an emergency. CERT Academy training includes disaster preparedness, emergency medical techniques, fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, and terrorism awareness education.

The CERT Academy offers six training sessions over two consecutive weekends. Training is conducted by Citizen Corps staff and volunteers along with appropriate subject matter experts.

  • Thursday, January 19 and 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, January 20 and 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 21 and 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

No special skills are required. Children 12 to 15 may participate with parent’s supervision, teens 16 and 17 with parent’s permission. To sign up for training, call CERT Program Manager Shirlee Rhodes at (775) 325-6928 or email srhodes@washoecounty.us. Training takes place at the Regional Public Safety Training Center located at 5190 Spectrum Boulevard in Reno (near the TMCC campus). All sessions are required to complete the training and receive a certificate.

Source: Washoe County Sheriff’s Office press release.

It’s because too many dog owners are irresponsible about cleaning up the crap, leashing their animals, and keeping them away from other people. It you can’t (or won’t) control your dog and aren’t willing to clean up its poop, don’t bring it to parks and other public places.

Just this Sunday I was at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno with family members, enjoying the shade of a big sycamore tree and playing in the river with my granddaughter. Along came a couple with a dog, who sat down in the shade in front of us. Upon getting up to leave, their dog laid a big pile just a few feet away from our group and they just walked off. My wife witnessed this, as did a man with another nearby group. When confronted about picking up the poop, the couple claimed that their dog didn’t do it despite the other people who were right there. They kept on walking. So you tell me why people don’t want your dogs in our parks where children and families are trying to enjoy a day of fun?

I’ve talked about this in the past and see that I will probably be doing so again in the future. Refer to “It’s the law – leash your dog and scoop its poop” for more about irresponsible dog owners in Washoe County.