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Homeowners urged to Junk the Junipers May 12 to prepare for wildfire

Posted 4/25/2018

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Residents are encouraged to “Junk the Junipers” May 12 in Washoe Valley and Silver Lake to prepare their homes for wildfire.

Part of collaborative Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month activities

Residents of local northern Nevada communities are encouraged to help keep their neighborhoods safe from wildfires by participating in “Junk the Junipers,” 8 a.m. — 1 p.m., May 12. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Living With Fire Program, in partnership with the Nevada Division of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, urge residents to bring their ornamental junipers, pines, rabbitbrush, sagebrush and other woody vegetation to one of two locations to be chipped and disposed of for free. Participants will receive a coupon from Moana Nursery for 20 percent off a “good plant choice,” Moana-grown replacement shrub.

Residents can bring their woody vegetation to the area next to the Nevada Division of Forestry location at 885 Eastlake Blvd. in Washoe Valley, or to the lot adjacent to the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District’s Fire Station 221, 11525 Red Rock Road in Silver Lake.

Junk the Junipers is a Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month event, and promotes the month’s message, “Prepare Now! Wildfire Knows No Season.” The events are sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, Moana Nursery, Nevada Division of Forestry, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

“Though ornamental junipers can often be a good plant choice for Nevada’s climate and soils, they can be highly flammable, and be ignited by embers during a wildfire and burn intensely,” said Ed Smith, Cooperative Extension natural resources specialist and Living With Fire program director. “A good way to prepare your home for wildfire is to remove junipers that are within 30 feet of your home and bring them to a disposal site to be chipped.”

Vegetation chipped at the event will be used as mulch in various locations. Materials that will not be accepted for chipping are: construction lumber, hazardous materials, lawn clippings, sod, dirt-infested vegetation, and tree stumps or limbs greater than 8 inches in diameter.

Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month is a collaborative effort of local, state and federal firefighting agencies; University of Nevada Cooperative Extension; and many others. Events and activities are held across the state. For more information on Junk the Junipers, contact Jamie Roice-Gomes at roicej@unce.unr.edu or 775-336-0261. To learn more about Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month activities, visit the Living With Fire website.

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