Lyon Fire caused by improper disposal of ashes

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Updated: 11/14/2012 1:08 pm
WASHOE VALLEY, Nev. (KRNV & -- Washoe County's investigation into the cause of the Lyon Fire in Washoe Valley that started on Thursday, Nov. 8 has been determined to be improper disposal of ashes from a wood burning appliance (fireplace or woodstove). The investigation is ongoing.

Deputies from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) began their investigation of the cause of the fire while firefighters continued to suppress the fire. Evidence was documented and interviews of individuals and witnesses were conducted. When the full investigation is concluded, the findings and evidence will be presented to the appropriate authorities.

Open burning is currently illegal within the District and is dangerous with the current conditions in the area. Chief Charlie Moore urged the public to call 911 to report illegal open burning within the District.

Moore also continued to advise all residents to use maximum caution with fireplace ashes and to think about fire safety, especially since existing vegetation is still very dry due to drought conditions.

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