September 18, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Open burning has been banned in Washoe County for the entire summer season in response to extremely dry conditions that are contributing to a rising threat of wildfires across much of Nevada.
The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District says the burning ban is necessary due to record levels of dryness and extreme fire conditions in and around the Reno-Sparks area.
Fire Chief Charles Moore is urging residents to use caution with anything that could generate a spark, including power tools and barbeque grills.
Moore says even parking a car on vegetation can start a fire by way of a very hot catalytic converter.
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