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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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