Beginning in May or June, the Truckee River through Reno usually flows at levels just right for tubing, rafting, and general water play on hot days. Not so this year.

The Truckee River is flowing high, fast and really cold due to continuing snowmelt from the epic snowpack dumped on the Sierra Nevada last winter. We around 200 percent of average snowfall, there’s still a lot of snow and it’s going to be a while before enough of it melts to let the river subside to lower flows. Until that happens, please heed these river safety guidelines from the Reno Fire Department.

  • River flows are extremely fast this year and river recreation by the general public is not advised at this time.
  • Consider waiting to float or swim the Truckee River until flows subside.
  • An unprepared person entering the water may experience hypothermia within several minutes, affecting their ability to swim and make decisions, leading to drowning.
  • If you do decide to go in the river, always wear a life jacket, helmet, thermal protection and sturdy shoes for river recreation.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use drugs when boating or tubing.
  • Never go into the river alone.
  • Have a plan and a rendezvous point in case you become separated.
  • Let a friend or family member know when you plan to return.

Even later in the summer, the river is likely to remain higher and colder than most people are used to. Use care and common sense to make your river play fun rather than tragic. Meanwhile, there are several public swimming pools and splash parks in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County where cooling off on hot days is a safe bet.

Truckee River, Reno, Nevada, NV

Truckee River flowing high and cold through Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Source: City of Reno press release.

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.