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Wildfire Awareness Week kicks off Friday

Posted 4/28/2009

’Be Ember Aware’ is theme of this year’s effort to protect homes from fire

Nevada’s fourth annual Wildfire Awareness Week begins at 11 a.m. Friday (May 1) with a kick-off event and an ember demonstration at the Nevada Division of Forestry building at 855 Eastlake Boulevard in Carson City.

Wildfire Awareness Week is designed to promote understanding and action concerning the risk associated with wildland fires. Nevada has more than 250 communities that face a wildfire threat, and 68 communities are at extreme and high risk.

This year’s goal is to inform the public of the threat to their homes posed by burning embers during a wildfire.

As a wildfire approaches a community, pieces of burning material from twigs, pine cones, wood shakes from a roof, and other materials become embers and are blown by the wind or lofted high into the air and rain down. If these embers land in something easily ignited on or near your house, the home could be in jeopardy of burning. This is the most common reason why homes are destroyed during wildfire.

The Friday kick-off event will include an ember demonstration if the weather permits. Federal, state and local officials will be on hand to discuss wildfire awareness and ember issues.

Wildfire Awareness Week continues through May 9 with a variety of special events at locations around the state, from Mount Charleston in southern Nevada to the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences at Incline Village.

Here is a list of many of the events planned for Wildfire Awareness Week:

May 2

  • Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, Genoa Fire Station, Main Street, Genoa. 8 a.m. to noon
  • Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada Tree Planting Day, South Lake Tahoe (location to be determined), 2-4:30 p.m.

May 3

  • Community Evacuation Class, Sierra Fire Station 39, 4000 Joy Lake Road, Reno, 9-11 a.m.
  • Junk the Junipers! Moana Nursery, 1100 W. Moana Lane or 11301 S. Virginia Street, Reno, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 5

  • Sierra Front Chapter Meeting and BBQ, Genoa Fire Station, 2298 Main St., Genoa, 5-7 p.m.
  • Wildfire Awareness Presentation, Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, 5-7 p.m.

May 6

  • Tahoe Douglas Community Education Night Kahle Community Center, 236 Kingsbury Grade, Stateline, 6-9 p.m.
  • Coffee With Friends Series: Flammability of Landscape Mulches University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, 5305 Mill St., Reno, 6:30-7:30 a.m. and again 12-1 p.m.

May 7

  • Community BBQ Debris site located off of Kenneth and Rimrock, Virginia Foothills, Storey County, 6-8 p.m.

May 9

  • 2nd Annual Dumpster and Pine Needle Pick-up Program Lee and Kyle Canyon Communities, Mt. Charleston, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Community Evacuation Class Sierra Fire Station 39, 4000 Joy Lake Road, Galena, 9-11 a.m.
  • First Responders Appreciation Picnic Galena Forest Estates, Scotch Pine Circle, Reno, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • For details on Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week activities and more information about improving the ember resistance of your home, go to: livingwithfire.info.

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