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May 16-24: Nevada Wildland Fire Awareness Week

Posted 5/15/2008

Many activities planned in Northern Nevada

As part of Nevada Wildland Fire Awareness Week, May 16-24, many local, state and federal agencies concerned about the wildfire threat have come together to plan activities to help raise awareness.

"We all know that in Nevada, it's not a matter of if, but a matter of when wildfire will threaten our communities," said Ed Smith, natural resources specialist with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE), who is helping to spearhead the effort. "As Nevadans, we all need to work together and be proactive to reduce the threat of wildfire to our homes and neighborhoods."

The theme for this year's awareness week is "Wildfire...It only takes a spark!" Smith said that residents and visitors in Nevada need to take care when working and recreating in high-wildfire-hazard areas.

"Significantly destructive wildfires have been started in recent years by things such as discarded cigarettes, target shooting, illegal or improperly cared-for wildfires, embers from exhaust of recreational vehicles, and sparks from saw blades," he said.

Videos, DVDs, handouts and other materials will be available to homeowners and groups wanting more information. Visit www.livingwithfire.info or call UNCE, (775) 784-4848, for more information on Nevada Wildland Fire Awareness Week activities and how to protect your home from the threat of wildfire.

SCHEDULE

May 16 - Statewide Kickoff for Nevada Wildland Fire Awareness Week, 11 a.m., at Washoe Lake State Park, 4855 Eastlake Blvd., Washoe Valley. Contact: Kelli Baratti, Nevada Division of Forestry, (775) 684-2516.

May 17 - "Eight Things You Should Know" Presentation, 10 a.m., at Moana Nursery's Landscape and Design Building, 1100 W. Moana Lane, Reno. Ed Smith will present eight things that people living in Nevada's high-fire-hazard environments should know. Contact: Sonya Sistare, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, (775) 784-4848.

May 18 - Junk the Junipers, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., at Moana Nursery, 1100 W. Moana Lane and 11301 S. Virginia St., Reno. Remove an ornamental juniper from within 30 feet of your house and receive a good plant choice in exchange. Sponsored by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Reno Fire Department, Moana Nursery and Rubbish Runners. Contact: Sonya Sistare, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, (775) 784-4848.

May 19 - Wildfire Awareness Information Meeting, 6:30 p.m., at Horseman's Park Meeting Room, 2799 Pioneer Drive, off of Skyline Blvd., Reno. Ed Smith from University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and others will be on hand to answer your questions. Contact: Susie Buster, Horsemen's Canyon Fire Safe Council, (775) 827-8035.

May 20 - Fuel Reduction Presentation, 6 - 8 p.m., at Reno Fire Station 11, 7105 Mae Anne Ave., Reno. Learn how you can reduce the fuels around your home and in your community, and pick up free "Living With Fire" materials. Contact: Jenny Herz, chapter leader, Juniper Hills Chapter - Nevada Fire Safe Council, (775) 747-6502.

May 21 - Fuel Reduction and Wildfire Prevention Plan Announcement and Public Workshop, 6 - 8 p.m., at the Nevada State Library, 100 N. Stewart St., Carson City. Learn how this plan will affect your community; and visit University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's "Living With Fire" booth and others for free information on how to make your home and community safer from wildfire. Contact: Andrew List, Nevada Fire Safe Council, (775) 884-4455.

May 22 - Fuel Reduction and Wildfire Prevention Plan Announcement and Public Workshop, 6 - 8 p.m., at the South Valley Library, 1650 W. Wedge Parkway, Reno. Learn how this plan will affect your community; and visit with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's "Living With Fire" booth and others for free information on how to make your home and community safer from wildfire. Contact: Andrew List, Nevada Fire Safe Council, (775) 884-4455.

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