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Approved Pile Burning

Category: Burn Permit

Beginning January 1, 2020, residents who reside in the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) will be allowed to pile burn green waste with an approved burn permit, limited by weather, and as long as Washoe County Air Quality Division has designated a Green Day.  Burning will be allowed for the first seven days of each month, and until further notice, usually by May.  Pile burns refers to the burning of cut and stacked vegetation, which is a useful method to reduce combustible vegetation, as well as to allow for property maintenance and agricultural activities. 


Open burning will be allowed as long as conditions permit and could change at any time. Pile burning is only allowed on properties ½ acre in size or larger, and that reside outside the Truckee Meadows Hydrographic Basin 87Burning is also allowed inside the hydrographic basin as long as the property is two acres or greater and is located in unincorporated Washoe County.


In order to burn, residents must file a Burn Permit Form with TMFPD. The new automated permit application can be accessed online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or at the Fire District’s Administrative Office, 3663 Barron Way Reno, NV, 89511, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  After submitting the application online, users will be immediately approved or denied a burning application.


Before burning, call the Fire District burn hotline at 326-6000, to determine whether or not it is a permissible burn day.  If the burn hotline states it is not a permissible burn day, burning will not be allowed under any circumstances.  It is also important to know the burn code administered by the Quality Management Division.


Residents must be aware of rules and regulations to burn (helpful video here) in the Truckee Meadows to include:

  • Burn hours are sunrise to 2:00 p.m.
  • Do not burn when winds exceed 10 miles per hour.
  • The edge of the fire shall be a minimum of 50 ft. from any structure. 
  • Keep water or a fire extinguisher close by, along with hand tools to bury the fire when complete.
Updated 11/24/2021 3:47 PM
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