For Immediate Release
Reno, Nevada. June 17, 2013. The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and the Washoe County Community Services Department are warning both residents and contractors to use precautions over the next several days due to fire danger.
“We will experience critical fire weather today and tomorrow, and there is a Red Flag warning today for the far north areas of Washoe County, including Gerlach, and a Red Flag warning tomorrow for all of Washoe County,” said Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) Chief Charles Moore. “There is an advisory for blowing dust as well.”
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Reno has upgraded the fire weather watch to a Red Flag Warning for gusty winds and low humidity from noon to 11 p.m. Tuesday and local county officials want to remind residents to use caution.
A very dry air mass along with winds today in the 15-30 mph range will create dangerous fire weather conditions today and tomorrow. The NWS predicts winds will peak on Tuesday with some gusts up to 40 mph expected. Dusty conditions may be anticipated for areas east of 395. Chief Moore has also requested that fire volunteers staff their stations tomorrow afternoon and evening.
The Red Flag Warning is a fire condition notice meaning that weather can rapidly propagate a wildfire. Check for Red Flag Warnings at www.nws.noaa.gov.
Don Jeppson, Director of Building and Safety for Washoe County, said all building permit holders have been warned of the dangerous conditions that cause a Red Flag warning.
“It’s definitely a situation where we want our residents and builders to be alert,” said Jeppson. “Help us help you by reporting any fire hazards in a construction area to the contractor or homeowner, and contact your local fire or building department. An example of a fire hazard in construction zone could be equipment parked on weeds or someone welding near dry vegetation. Also, remember to report any suspicious activities, vehicles and/or people that may be involved in starting a fire or dumping trash in the wildland urban interface.”
Builders and contractors should contact the County’s Department of Building and Safety at (775) 328-2020 with any questions.