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Fire Adapted Community Workshops Offered

Posted 8/30/2010

Wildfire season is not over yet, and residents of Washoe County can learn how to protect their homes, families and communities from wildfire at workshops being hosted in September by Washoe County’s wildfire-preparedness project, Fire Adapted Communities (FAC).

A FAC is where residents accept responsibility for living in a high fire-hazard area. They learn how to prepare their homes and property to survive a wildfire; evacuate early, safely and effectively; and survive if trapped by wildfire. Ideally, a FAC would require little if any assistance from firefighters during a wildfire.

Four workshops will be presented from Sept. 8-29 at various locations around Reno, featuring fire prevention experts from Cooperative Extensions at the universities of Nevada and California and the Sierra Fire Protection District.

Washoe County has more homes located in high and extreme wildfire hazard areas than anywhere else in Nevada, and the potential for loss of human life and property to wildfire is growing. In response, the city of Reno Fire Department, Sierra Fire Protection District, University of California Cooperative Extension, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Washoe County Fire Suppression Program have come together to promote FACs and offer educational workshops on the subject.

Anyone is welcome to attend. Workshop topics include how to create an ignition-resistant home by using fire-resistant building materials, evacuation planning and how to create effective defensible space.

"Despite our best prevention efforts, there is more wildfire in our future," Ed Smith, natural resource specialist with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, said. "However, we can create safer neighborhoods for our homes and families and there are proven steps that homeowners can take to improve the odds of human life and home survival during wildfire. The purpose of the Washoe County FAC project is to promote and teach these steps."

Summary

  • What: Fire Adapted Communities Workshops: The Next Step in Wildfire Preparedness
  • When and Where:
      1. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 8 at South Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Pkwy.: Fire-Resistant Building Materials presented by Stephen Quarles, University of California Cooperative Extension
      2. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 15 at Regional Public Safety Training Center, 5190 Spectrum Blvd.: PRIDE Evacuation Planning presented by Mark Regan, Sierra Fire Protection District.
      3. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28 at Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Station, 11525 Red Rock Rd.: Defensible Space Recommendations presented by Ed Smith, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
      4. 6-8 p.m. September 29 at McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Dr.: Defensible Space Recommendations presented by Ed Smith, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

For more information: Contact University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, (775) 784-4848, or go to www.livingwithfire.info

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