Message from the Fire Chief

Sommers 3561 500pxGreetings, 

Happy New Year! 2022 is off to a great start, with lots of snow and more on the way! The lake level is now above the natural rim, and it is wonderful to see everyone outdoors recreating in our beautiful winter wonderland.

Anticipating more storms in the winter weather forecast, we may experience more avalanche situations in our Crystal Bay and Third Creek neighborhoods. Stay informed and sign up for CODE RED emergency alert notifications. It is up to each of us to be prepared before an emergency occurs. Make an emergency plan and assemble a kit. Also, consider taking a home inventory of all items in your household.

In addition to CODE RED notifications, you may also be notified by the Emergency Alert System (EAS), tune in to KKOH-AM780 on your radio, this is the primary relay station for northern Nevada. Other emergency notification systems include the news media, and local emergency officials conducting door-to-door notifications.

As we put away our holiday decorations, remember to properly discard your Christmas tree. Please consider using the IVGID Waste Not Free Holiday Tree Recycling Program. This service will be available from December 23rd - January 31, 2022, at Preston Field and Curbside Tree Collection Week is January 10 - 14, 2022 only. For more information, please visit or call 775-832-1203.

During the winter months make sure you have your fireplace/chimney/wood burning stove cleaned by a qualified professional. We typically see an increase in household fires during the winter months due to improper use of these devices, creosote build-up from overdue maintenance, and animal nesting in chimneys or flues. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are more home fires in winter than in any other season. Half of all home heating fires happen in December, January, and February.

For Incline Village/Crystal Bay residents that rely on a wood-burning heating source, you can apply for a free ash can here. If the required criteria are met, an ash can will be provided.

Make sure Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors are installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level. It is recommended to interconnect them so when one sounds, they all sound. Also, make sure every bedroom has a working smoke alarm, they also should be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. It is recommended to interconnect them so when one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.

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Thank you for visiting our website, we hope this safety information helps you and your family stay safe and be prepared. If you have any questions or suggestions as to how we can be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me at 775-831-0351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Thank you,

Ryan E. Sommers
Fire Chief


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