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”, as explained in the How They Work Together flyer. Visit our Sponsors page for additional information about these partnering organizations.  You can also view our 2017 Annual Report to learn about our program accomplishments.

Ed SmithEd 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. Ed will retire on June 30, 2018.

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 Month. 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 775-887-2252 or [email protected].


Jamie Roice-GomesJamie Headshot

Jamie Roice-Gomes is a manager with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Living With Fire Program.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and a Master of Arts in Interactive Environmental Journalism. She was a public relations assistant for Conrad Communications, a public information officer intern at the Nevada Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, and a Biological Science Technician at the USDA-Agriculture Research Service. She also enjoys volleyball, the Great Basin Desert, and spending time with her family. Contact Jamie at 775-336-0261 or [email protected].





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