Every spring, the Reno Fire Department re-trains every firefighter on some of the important components of wildfires.

"We've already had wildland fires get close to a hundred acres this month," Battalion Chief Mark Winkelman says. "So things are dry even though we've had all this weather. It doesn't take much with these 80 degree days for things to dry out pretty quickly."

The training includes review of radio frequencies and communications, practice deploying fire shelter, and practice deploying and stowing hoses.

Winkelman says considering how wet recent months were, there's a chance fire season picks up later than usual. He also says it's impossible to predict, and we could have a pretty normal fire season when it comes to timing.

What he knows for sure, is there's a lot of vegetation.

"For the last two or three years we've had some really good grass crops in the spring," Winkelman says. "And what happens is those just grow up underneath each other, so you get a pretty thick, matted grass mat. You can see it out here, grass is up to two to three feet tall with new grass growing up underneath it."

He says you can already see grass drying out, as some areas turned from green to purple. He says it won't take long for the grass to go from purple to brown.

While Reno Fire prepares for the season, Winkelman says homeowners should, too.

"Anything that can carry fire readily should be limbed up, the limbs brought six feet off the ground," Winkelman says. "Clear any vegetation that might burn up near your house or right up to your house. Make sure that's cleared off and that you have a nice defensible space so the guys can get in and work."

While homeowners should protect their property, anyone using tools or machines that could cause sparks should do so wisely.

"Number one cause of wildland fires, of course, is humans," Winkelman says. "A lot of people think it's lightning, that isn't the case. Human-caused fires are he most common. So I just caution everyone to be really careful when you're running weed eaters, lawn mowers, any kind of yard equipment that might cause a spark."

Target shooting is another common activity that causes wildfires. Winkelman says if you're doing an activity that could create sparks, you should have water or a fire extinguisher ready just in case.