Local agencies prepare for busy fire season

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RENO, NV (KOLO) With snow in the Truckee area as recently as last week, we have yet to see many wildfires this year in Northern Nevada, but wildland fire crews were put to work this past Sunday battling the Fort Churchill Fire near Stagecoach in Lyon County, which was caused by target shooters.

Adam Mayberry of Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District knows target shooting can’t be stopped entirely, but steps can be taken to reduce the risk of this happening again.

“If you are going to go out and target shoot, strongly encourage you to bring a fire extinguisher, a small shovel, and water in the event you start a wildfire,” says Mayberry. “Make sure your surroundings don’t have grass or shrubs, or anything that could start a wildfire.”

Crews with Truckee Meadows Fire have been active lately taking steps to reduce dangerous fire fuels; recently they cut down trees deemed dangerous in the Verdi area.

“The latest data states that 80-90% of wildland fires are human caused,” says Carson City Fire Chief Sean Slamon. “The majority of those are accidental.”

Slamon is also having his crews take steps toward fire prevention this week, with prescribed burns in the Timberline area.

The Fort Churchill fire ended up burning 51 acres over the weekend, but no structures were damaged.

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