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April 11, 2017

Airliner contrails, Reno, Nevada, NV.

Aircraft contrails crisscross the sky above Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Washoe Lake, just south of Reno, dried up as a result of the multi-year drought in Nevada and much of the southwestern U.S. Record precipitation over the winter of 2016-2017 filled the lake and then some. The lake is part of Washoe Lake State Park.

Washoe Lake, Washoe Valley, Nevada, NV.

October, 2016. Washoe Lake completely dry. Photo © Stan White

Washoe Lake, Washoe Valley, Nevada, NV.

March, 2017. Washoe Lake full and overflowing. Photo © Stan White

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.