RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District is offering residents tips on how to dispose of ashes properly to prevent wildfires this winter season.
When disposing of ashes, use the following procedure:
The TMFPD will also be giving out free ash cans to Washoe County residents at 1001 E. 9th Street, Building D while supplies last. Ash cans are also available for purchase at local retailers.
“As cold temperatures begin to take hold in Washoe County, it is important that our residents take prudent fire prevention measures when heating their homes, to include disposing ashes properly using an ash can,” said Fire Chief Charles Moore. Even after several days, a pile of ashes can hold enough heat to reignite and start a fire. Three days is the minimum recommended cooling period for ashes. Extra care should be used in the storage and final disposal. TMFPD produced a short video to learn more on ash disposal using an ash can.