Who We Are

The Living With Fire program began in 1997, when Ed Smith and Paul Tueller of University of Nevada, Reno and Fire Chief Loren Enstaad of the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators applied for and received a Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station / Nevada Cooperative Extension Joint Program grant. Together with Nevada’s firefighting organizations, they developed a set of consistent wildfire threat reduction recommendations for Nevadans. Since then, these recommendations have been shared with thousands of homeowners living in fire prone areas throughout the country. Today, Living With Fire is a collaborative effort involving many organizations and is managed by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Living With Fire also works in a complementary and collaborative fashion with the national “Ready, Set Go! Program”…see how they work together here. Visit our Sponsors page for additional information about these partnering organizations.

Ed Smith

Ed Smith is a natural resource specialist with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, and co-manager of the Living With Fire Program, coordinating all educational efforts. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in renewable natural resources management from the University of Nevada, Reno and has received a variety of national awards for his outreach efforts. Ed has written many of the research-based, peer-reviewed publications included on this website, and is often available to give presentations to interested audiences. Working with all of our program partners and other federal, state and local firefighting representatives, Ed continually reviews and updates the Living With Fire program components to provide the most up-to-date information. Contact Ed at 775-782-9960 or smithe@unce.unr.edu.

Sonya Sistare

Sonya Sistare is the program co-manager, coordinating the marketing and promotional efforts. She also serves as the statewide coordinator for Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week. Sonya received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Nevada, Reno. She began working with the Living With Fire program in the fall of 2005 and was honored with a Bronze Smokey Bear, a national award for her wildfire threat reduction efforts in 2009. Sonya also received the Administrative Faculty 2011 Award of Excellence from University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. For any questions about the Living With Fire program, contact Sonya at 775-336-0271 or sistares@unce.unr.edu.

Taryn Holland

Taryn Holland is the Living With Fire program assistant. She received her Bachelor of English with a Writing Specialization from the University of Nevada, Reno. A new addition to the team, she is excited to be part of the work to educate homeowners living in the wildland-urban interface about keeping their communities safe from the threat of wildfire. Contact Taryn at 775-336-0261 or hollandt@unce.unr.edu.


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