Author Archives: Sonya

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

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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

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Make a kit, Make a plan, Stay informed and Be prepared!

Submitted by Mimi Fujii-Strickler, Truckee River Flood Project Note that these recommendations will help you prepare for a wildfire emergency as well! In honor of September as National Preparedness Month, the Washoe County Emergency Preparedness Council is sending out personal preparedness tips … Continue reading

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Mt. Charleston Residents Prepare For Wildfire

Submitted by Kim Otero, Nevada Fire Safe Council Mt. Charleston residents are closely following wildfire activity in the western United States. Each new reported fire serves as reminder that Kyle Canyon in the Spring Mountains is rated extreme for wildfire.  ”Preparation is … Continue reading

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Defensible Space: Your Home, Your Vegetation, Your Responsibility!

When it comes to wildfire, Nevada is confronted with a dire prediction: fires are forecast to burn more frequently and more intensely in the future. Last winter’s Washoe Drive and Caughlin fires and the recent Topaz Ranch Estates fire south … Continue reading

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Wildfire Preparedness One Step at a Time

The bad news is wildfires are predicted to burn more frequently and more intensely in the future. Last winter’s Caughlin Fire and the Hawken Fire in 2007 provided residents of Caughlin Ranch a glimpse of how uncontrollably a wildfire could … Continue reading

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Webinar Series on Developing Fire Adapted Communities in the Lake Tahoe Basin

What are Fire Adapted Communities? Fire Adapted Communities are neighborhoods located in a fire-prone area that require little assistance from firefighters during a wildfire. Residents of Fire Adapted Communities accept responsibility for living in a high fire-hazard area. They also … Continue reading

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Free Truckee Meadows Biomass Collection Sites!

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 … Continue reading

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Washoe County Community Wildfire Protection Planning Project

In 2004 and 2005, 250 Nevada communities located in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), were assessed in terms of their wildfire risk and hazard. All the fire hazard assessments are available at LivingWithFire.info. Specifically, the reports: Assessed wildfire hazards present in … Continue reading

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