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The landscape surrounding a house can have significant influence on its survivability during a wildfire.  Because of this, the landscape industry has a critical role in helping Nevadans live more safely in high fire-hazard areas. The Living With Fire Program provided training to familiarize participants with Nevada’s wildfire hazards and provided wildfire threat-reduction recommendations.  For your convenience, a list of participants who successfully completed the course and final exam is provided HERE

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In Case of Emergency – Notify Me!

Last week a brush fire burned near one of my favorite campgrounds. Fire crews were able to quickly contain the blaze and campers were only evacuated for a short time. I thought getting rained out of my July camping trip … Continue reading

From Smoke to Response: The Dispatcher’s Side of the Story

With fire season in full swing and more acres of Nevada vegetation burning by the day, I recently began to wonder what happens when a 911 call is placed to report smoke or flames. If Hollywood gives any indication, the … Continue reading

Fuel Breaks Can Save the Day

Last July’s Carpenter 1 Fire made national headlines and filled the skies of Las Vegas with smoke. A recent YouTube search turned up a video, posted by the U.S. Forest Service, about the role fuels reduction projects played in saving … Continue reading

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