Storey County News

Posted on: May 22, 2017

Storey County Fire Full Fire Restrictions

Storey County Fire Protection District and the western region will be implementing full fire restriction effective Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 12 p.m. Restrictions may take place prior to this without notification when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous.


Vegetation in the western Nevada region is significantly dryer for this time of the year. Warmer than average temperatures and strong spring winds have led to the increased rate of drying the vegetation in the lower to mid elevations.


Fire Restrictions Prohibit:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire (using wood, charcoal or any other material(s), campfire or stove fire except for a portable stove using gas or pressurized liquid fuel, outside of a developed fee campground or picnic area (except by permit).
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or at a developed campground or picnic area.
  • Welding, grinding or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.
  • Using, or causing to be used, any explosive, except by permit.
  • Possession or use of fireworks (always prohibited), or any other incendiary device.
  • Use of tracer rounds, steel-core ammunition or any other type of exploding targets including Binary Explosive Targets (Tannerite®, Shock Wave, Sonic Boom) while recreational shooting.
  • Open burning (e.g. weeds, brush, yard debris, burn barrels, recreational fires, warming fires, and cooking fires).
  • Off-highway motor vehicle enthusiasts are advised that hot exhaust systems can ignite dry grass and all off-highway motor vehicles should be equipped with a spark arrestor.

Alternatives to open burning. Storey County Fire Protection District offers two options to help Storey County residents:

  •  Wood fuels and trimmings can be disposed of at local slash piles, one in the Virginia City Highlands and the other being Mark Twain.
  • “You-Call-We-Haul” Program. This program is supported by the Storey County Fire Protection District and Mark Twain Fire Safe Council. It gives us the ability to deliver dump trailers to Storey County residents free of charge. After you have loaded the trailer with your excess vegetative fuel, the Storey County Fire Protection District will pick up the trailer and dispose of the material that was removed. All you have to do is load it up! To request a dump trailer call 847-0954 and ask for Patty Blakely. 

Storey County is preparing for a potentially high-risk wildfire season and is asking property owners to assess and be proactive in preparing and being aware of their fire risk. This year, we want to encourage you to:

  • Prepare your home and community to survive a wildfire. 
  • Anticipate and plan for a safe evacuation. 
  • Evacuate quickly when asked! 
  • You can learn how by visiting

Look at your property and try to see what the possible fire behaviors might be and check the risk exposures like high winds, steep slopes, grass, brush and trees. Any questions can be directed to your nearby Storey County Fire Station or by contacting me directly at 847-0954. Other great resources are a publication called Living with Fire, a guide for the homeowner or the website

To learn more about defensible space please visit  to learn more about the You Call We Haul Program please visit online or call (775) 847-0954.

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