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Prepare your home for fire season
by Tribune Staff
Apr 01, 2012 | 1087 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS — Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and Washoe County announced Friday that Community Biomass Collection Sites are open today and ready for collection of vegetative waste from residents throughout the Truckee Meadows. The collection sites will allow citizens to remove dead and dying fuels from around their properties and then dispose of the combustible vegetation at the community sites. Creating defensible space decreases the threat to your property in the event of a wildfire. The sites will remain open until June 30 and are set up in three locations: North Valleys and Spanish Springs at 470 Rockwell Blvd in South Reno; Virginia Foothills at the east end of Kenneth Drive in Washoe Valley; Truckee Meadows Fire Station #16 at 1240 Eastlake Blvd.

The intent of this project is to encourage homeowners to create defensible space, reduce hazardous fuels and promote the creation of Fire Adapted Communities. To support homeowner’s efforts throughout Northern Nevada, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and Washoe County are continuing the past year’s practice of establishing sites where residents can bring the results of their clean-up efforts. The creation of defensible space increases the chances of your property surviving a wildland fire and gives firefighters an extra advantage of protecting your home and those of your neighbors. For additional information on wildfire preparedness, please visit

Accepted items for collection include trees, tree branches, all brush, weeds, dead trees, tree bark and old firewood. Items that will NOT be accepted include sod, lawn clippings, manure, hay, dimensional lumber, commercial waste, trash or rocks. This program is funded by the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.

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