For Immediate Release
Contact: Adam Mayberry
Reno, Nev. Dec. 6, 2019 - Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District’s (TMFPD) Green Waste Collections Days in November was a huge success. An estimated 9,000 cubic yards, or 180 acres of green waste including desert brush, tree limbs, and other wildland fuels were collected, improving defensible space for many residents of Washoe County.
In order to dispose of the green waste, the Fire District will burn the piles the week of December 9, located at the Truckee Meadows Silver Lake Fire Station #430 (11525 Red Rock Road) in Red Rock, and Truckee Meadows Fire Station #32 (1240 Eastlake Boulevard) in Washoe Valley.
The pile burns will take place weather permitting and will be conducted in compliance with Washoe County Health District, Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) regulations, and in coordination with the National Weather Service Fire Weather Forecast section.
Residents and businesses should expect to see smoke at these locations and may receive direct smoke impacts during this time. Burns will only be completed on a “Green” Day as identified on the “Know the Code” website provided by AQMD.
Defensible space is the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it protects homes and property from catching fire, either from direct flame contact or radiant heat. Defensible space is also important for the protection of firefighters defending your home.
On a related note, TMFPD will announce new policies and times for residential open burning later next week.