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.

Spring break 2017 at the Washoe County School District is from March 20 through March 31. The kids will be out of school for two weeks and two weekends. Now is the time to sign up for any of the many activities available to fill the time in fun and productive ways.

For example, if you haven’t been to “Toytopia at the Wilbur D. May Museum” in Reno, this will be a good time to take in the exhibit. It runs through April 16, 2017.

Numerous spring break camps will be open, including Spring Break Camp at the Discovery, Vacation Station at the City of Reno, Spring Break Exploration Camp by Great Basin Naturalists at Galena, University Spring Break Camps from UNR Extended Studies, and several more. Check these out soon – many are popular and have limited enrollment.

Another fun thing to do is “Ride the Idlewild Park Train,” which will be running daily during spring break.

If sports are your thing, you can take the family to the final few Reno Bighorns basketball home games at the Reno Events Center during spring break.

Daylight Saving Time for 2017 starts on Sunday, March 12, at 2 a.m. To wake up to the correct time, set your clocks forward an hour before retiring on Saturday night. The bad part is we lose an hour of sleep on Sunday morning. The good part is we get more daylight to do stuff and the hours of daylight will be getting longer.

The longest day of the year comes on June 21, the first day of summer. After that, the slow decrease in minutes of daylight per day leads inevitably to the shortest day of the year and first day of winter on December 21. By then it will be getting dark pretty early since Daylight Saving Time for 2017 ends on November 5.