The Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities 4th Annual Conference occurred March 12, 2018. Details in the summary report of the conference will be available soon.  

Kim Zagaris, Fire and Rescue Chief of California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services spoke about lessons learned from California’s 2017 Fire Season

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The Network 4th Annual Conference Helps Communities to Prepare and Update a Community Wildfire Protection Plan

A few days ago I received a call from a rural Nevadan resident. He had recently moved to Nevada from Utah and had questions about creating a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). Immediately, I knew these important and frequently asked … Continue reading

How you can improve Forest Health while Celebrating the Holidays

  Christmas tree hunting to me is a family affair, complete with hiking, laughter, sticky tree sap and of course, a fresh Christmas tree! However Christmas tree hunting isn’t only about finding the best tree for your home, but it’s … Continue reading

Five Lessons Learned Following the Caughlin Fire

I awoke to the smell of thick campfire-like smoke that had filtered into my bedroom. I jumped out of bed, turned on the bedroom light switch and nothing… the electricity was out. I ran to the window to see the … Continue reading

Autumn Cheatgrass Management

A concerned resident contacted me regarding cheatgrass control because of its high-fire hazard potential. He noticed that his cheatgrass had started to germinate, but wanted to use preemergence herbicides to fight the weed. Considering that Fall is the best time … Continue reading

Preparing for Wildfire is More Than Evacuation and Defensible Space

Having spent the majority of my life in Nevada, I’ve seen my share of wildfires. Growing up, I remember helping my father pick the weeds from the common area behind our house to improve our defensible space and even preparing … Continue reading

Are you Ember Aware?

Working at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Living With Fire Program has altered my perception of the ember threat and proper defensible space. Just the other day, I approached my sister’s house and caught myself secretly congratulating her on her … Continue reading

Lessons from Replacing My Junipers
A picture of a Japanese Boxwood shrub

Before I started my position with the Living With Fire Program, my husband and I removed our flammable junipers as they were too close for comfort being fifteen feet from the house. Next we were faced with the task of … Continue reading

Be Careful when Removing the Flammable Weed Cheatgrass

When talking with a neighbor, she expressed her concern over the flammability of cheatgrass and asked me how to safely remove it this time of year. As Outreach Coordinator for the Living With Fire Program, this is a common question … Continue reading

Choosing the Right Landscaper

As the weather warms up, I look forward to following those defensible space suggestions made by Nevada Division of Forestry’s Fire Protection Officer Chanse Hunwardsen (to view the video click here). My neighbors (who also have received defensible space inspections) … Continue reading

WILDFIRE! Prepare. Anticipate. Evacuate.

So often we think of wildfires in terms of how many acres burned or which roads are closed. But for some, those caught in the middle, it’s more a matter of ensuring that their loved ones and pets are accounted … Continue reading