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Network of Fire Adapted Communities Conference this month

Posted 3/16/2017

Evacuation Plan

A family reviews an evacuation plan in case of a wildfire emergency. The focus of this year’s Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities Conference is evacuation preparation.

Registration for the Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities Third Annual Conference is almost full, but a few spots are still available. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will hold the conference 8 a.m. — 4:45 p.m., March 27, at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St. in Reno. Participants represent the many stakeholders in Nevada’s wildland-urban interface fire issue, including members of wildfire-prone communities; local fire service representatives; local, state and federal agencies; and Community Emergency Response Team volunteers from Carson City, Douglas and Washoe Counties. The conference is free to the public, but attendees must register by March 23.

“Member communities of the Network have taken specific steps to prepare their homes for wildfire and to work toward becoming fire adapted,” said Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator Elwood Miller, who served as executive director of the Nevada Fire Safe Council from 2002 to 2006 and is a University of Nevada, Reno professor emeritus of forestry. “At this year’s conference, we are focusing on how to prepare and practice both at home and on a communitywide basis, for a wildfire evacuation. Being prepared for evacuation is an important element of a fire adapted community.”

The Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities is part of Cooperative Extension’s Living With Fire Program, founded in 1997 to teach homeowners how to live more safely in Nevada’s high wildfire-hazard environments. The goal of The Network is to connect interested community members with the resources and partners they need so they can reduce their wildfire threat, be better prepared to evacuate when a wildfire occurs, and ultimately work toward becoming fire adapted.

The conference will include a presentation from homeowner Mel Holland and North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Assistant Fire Marshal Mark Regan about their wildfire evacuation experiences; a presentation by Washoe County Emergency Manager Aaron Kenneston about community-level evacuation planning; and a presentation by Network and Development Watershed Research and Training Center Program Director Michelle Medley-Daniel about the national Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network. A continental breakfast, buffet lunch, refreshments and conference materials will be provided. For more information or to register, visit www.LivingWithFire.info or call Miller at 775-336-0266.

The conference is made possible by funding from a Community Assistant Agreement with the Bureau of Land Management Nevada State Office, and through a State Fire Assistance Grant from the Nevada Division of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service. Additional support was provided by a Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grant from State Farm Insurance, and the Nevada Land Trust through support provided by the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy to Watershed Research and Training Center, under the terms of Cooperative Agreement #FIRE_WRTC_FAC_10012014. The content and opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the USFS, DOI, The Nature Conservancy, or the WRTC and no official endorsement should be inferred.

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