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Leave it to the Experts on the Fourth

The 4th of July and a local fireworks show has always been a fixture of my upbringing in Nevada. My family would always pack cold drinks and desserts in a cooler and find a cozy patch of grass or a … Continue reading

Ready for a Red Flag Warning

Late spring is a precarious time for weather in Nevada. Temperatures can drop and soar, the sun can be shining one moment and rain can be pounding the roof of a car the next. So I wasn’t surprised when this … Continue reading

Let’s Lend Firefighters a Hand, Huh?

As a member of a community located in the wildland-urban interface where a beautiful hike is moments from my door, there’s always wildlife to study, and the stars seem to burn a little brighter at night, I take pride in … Continue reading

Creepy Crawlies and Pinyon Pine

One of my favorite things about living in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) is that I can walk out my front door and start hiking within moments of leaving my house. I love to study pinyon pine trees on my hikes. … Continue reading

Use an Ash Can to Prevent Winter Fires

It seems like “winter fire” is a current buzz word… well, buzz words. The news is full of stories of fires that have left destruction in their wake in California, and in other places as well. It seems strange that … Continue reading

Help the Forest, Cut a Tree

The weekend after the Thanksgiving holiday has always marked a prized tradition in my parents’ house: Christmas tree hunting. When I got married I would drag my husband down to our local Forest Service Ranger Station to purchase a tree tag, and … Continue reading

All Good Reasons for Yard Work

It seems like the holidays are a perfect reason to justify making sure the house and yard are in good shape. A recent conversation with my mother, in which she declared her intentions to come for dinner, visit with her … Continue reading

An Unexpected Neighbor

Join us as we follow Natalie Newcomer’s journey through the perils and joys of living in the wildland-urban interface. Autumn at the new house has been unbelievable. The cottonwoods around the nearby stream have dropped their bright gold leaves and the sagebrush behind the … Continue reading

Tips to Avoid a Candle-Related Holiday Tragedy

I’d like to share some important suggestions from the Reno Fire Department on ways to help avoid a candle-related holiday tragedy. Area residents need to remember that while candles bring an added element to holiday celebration, the open flame of a … Continue reading

How do you eat an elephant?

I just read this great post from Keith Worley, Firewise Regional Advisor, Southwest 2, and felt it was worth reposting.  It fits nicely with our message of the past few years….”Wildfire Survival – It Takes A Community”….in this case, to … Continue reading