Community Biomass Collection Sites are open and ready for collection of vegetative waste from residents throughout the Truckee Meadows this spring. Sponsored by the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and Washoe County the four collection sites will allow residents to thin live vegetation and remove dead and dying fuels from around their properties and then dispose of the combustible vegetation at the community sites. Creating defensible space decreases the threat to your property in the event of a wildfire.

Homeowners with a trailer-load of vegetation to be dumped at the Junk the Junipers event in Carson City last year.

When: April 1 through June 30, 2012


North Valleys

Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Station

11525 Red Rock Road


Spanish Springs

470 Rockwell Blvd


Virginia Foothills

East end of Kenneth Drive


Washoe Valley

Truckee Meadows Fire Station #16

1240 Eastlake Blvd


The intent of this project is to encourage homeowners to create defensible space, reduce hazardous fuels and promote the creation of Fire Adapted Communities. To support homeowner’s efforts throughout Northern Nevada, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and Washoe County are continuing the past year’s practice of establishing sites where residents can bring the results of their clean-up efforts. The creation of defensible space increases the chances of your property surviving a wildland fire and gives firefighters an extra advantage of protecting your home and those of your neighbors. For additional information on wildfire preparedness, please visit

Accepted items for collection include:

  • Trees, tree branches, all brush, weeds, dead Trees, tree bark, old firewood

Items that will NOT be accepted include:

  • Sod, lawn clippings, manure, hay, dimensional lumber, commercial waste, trash, or rocks

Please contact Nancy Leuenhagen, Washoe County’s Community Relations Manager, at 775-328-6169 with any questions.