Residents can now look to their neighborhood Reno fire stations to find out when a Red Flag Warning is in effect.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected, such as strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures.
When a Red Flag Warning is in effect for the areas covered by the Reno Fire Department, red flags will be flown at the fire stations for the duration of the warning. “We are hoping this is a convenient way for our community members to know when there is an elevated risk for fire danger so they can take the proper precautions,” advises Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez.
The National Weather Service issues Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches to alert fire departments of the onset, or possible onset, of critical weather and dry conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity.
As a result of the issuance of the Red Flag Warning, citizens should take appropriate precautions. These precautions include, but are not limited to the following:
• Use extreme caution when operating spark or flame producing machinery. Operation should not occur during extremely dry conditions or in hazardous grass or brush areas.
• Never leave a fire unattended. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass, ignite a fire, and quickly spread.
• Extinguish all outdoor fires properly. Drown fires with plenty of water and stir to make sure everything is cold to the touch. Dunk charcoal in water until cold. Do not throw live charcoal on the ground and leave it. If you have ashes; you must put them into a sealed metal container placed on a concrete surface away from any structures.
• Dispose of smoking materials in an appropriate container and ensure they are completely extinguished. Do not discard these items into any open area as they may start a fire that will spread rapidly. Do not dispose of smoking materials out of your vehicle when traveling.
• Residents are encouraged not to use outside grills or cooking equipment during these times. If you must, ensure you have some type of extinguishing agent nearby (water hose, bucket of sand, fire extinguisher, etc.)
• Report any signs of smoke or fire immediately by calling 9-1-1. Make sure to provide a location, approximate size, if it is close to or burning any structures, and any other pertinent details.
• Remember it is illegal to possess or use fireworks and or pyrotechnics within the City of Reno.
For more information about fire safety contact the Reno Fire Department at 775.334.2300