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Staying Fire Safe During Red Flag Warnings

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With the recent string of fires in the Reno-Sparks area, it's clear that first-responders have had their work cut out for them around the clock. Now, they're asking the public to do their part, too. 

Red flag warning days like the area has seen plenty of, lately, mean high temperatures, a dry climate and high winds. These can be recipes for fire disaster. 

Monday afternoon, Sparks Fire Department was called out to reports of a possible structure fire. 

Upon arrival, they found an active backyard fire at a house in the 1300 block of Prospect Avenue. Firefighters were able to knock it down quickly, with only minimal damage done to the fence. 

While the official cause of the fire is under investigation, there are witness accounts. Fire Marshall Bob King with the Sparks Fire Department says, "Neighbors actually saying that they've heard what they think was fireworks in the neighborhood the last couple of nights, they heard a lot of popping noises, they saw some fireworks in the air."

King wants to use this as an opportunity to warn the public, again, about fireworks and general fire safety. King says, "The winds that we have and the dry climate--fireworks are illegal. We don't want to see fireworks in our area at all. they just have caused fires in the past and you will get prosecuted for it."

Not only fireworks pose a problem during red flag days. Any open flames are dangerous. The following all carry risks:

  • Barbecuing outdoors
  • Working on cars 
  • Hot engines from weed eaters, mowers and chainsaws
  • Dragging trailer chains which causes sparks
  • Campfires that aren't fully extinguished or created outside of designated areas
  • Cigarette butts thrown out of windows
  • Dry vegetation, cheatgrass near your home
  • Debris in rain gutters, porches and decks

For more information on what a Red Flag Warning is and how to prepare during fire season, click here.

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