TMFPD encouraging residents to create defensible space

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The warmer temperatures are giving you the perfect chance to get outside and get rid of all the dry vegetation around your home. Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) is encouraging people to create defensible space.

TMFPD said defensible space is the buffer you create between a building on your property and the vegetation around it. It said the space is needed to slow or stop the spread of a wildfire and it protects homes and properties from catching fire, either from direct flame contact or radiant heat.

TMFPD’s Adam Mayberry said we haven’t had moisture for a while, which has helped vegetation stay dry. Mayberry said we’ve had a very robust winter and wet spring, causing a lot of the vegetation to stay green through early summer.

According to Mayberry just because it is fall and there’s cooler weather doesn’t mean we’re in the clear, conditions are still dangerous for a fire to start.

“Really a great opportunity to clear out your rain gutters on your roof. Get that vegetation that may have fallen on your roof just really a great opportunity to create defensible space,” he said.

Mayberry continued, “Remove a lot of that dead wild land vegetation that really presents a significant threat for wildfires in terms of wildland fuels.”

TMFPD will have free Green Waste Collection Days this week and next week. Green waste collection allows residents to dispose of their dry and dead vegetation properly.

People can drop off their green waste at the Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Station in Stead and East Washoe Lake Fire Station in Washoe Valley.

Friday, November 8, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 9, from 8 a.m. to Noon
Friday, November 15, from 2p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 16, from 8 a.m. to Noon

Only natural vegetation will be accepted.

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