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Nevada Fire Summit starts Sept. 20 at UNR

Posted 9/17/2010

Community leaders from across Nevada will meet with local, state and federal fire protection and land management agencies in Reno on Sept. 20-21 to discuss how to reduce the threat to Nevada’s extreme, high and moderate wildfire hazard communities.

The 2010 Nevada Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Summit will start at 7:30 a.m. each day at the Joe Crowley Student Union on the campus of University of Nevada, Reno.

More than 170 communities spanning all 17 Nevada counties have been rated as having a moderate, high or extreme risk from wildfire. Washoe County has more homes located in these areas than any other county in Nevada, and the potential for loss of human life and property to wildfire is growing.

The Fire Summit offers residents of Nevada’s moderate, high and extreme wildfire communities the opportunity to meet with their local firefighters, land management agency representatives and government officials to consider the challenges and threats wildfire poses. Participants will then brainstorm solutions that can be implemented on a local level to reduce the wildfire threat to Nevada’s most wildfire-vulnerable communities. Carson City Fire Chief Stacey Giomi will serve as the master of ceremony for the Summit.

The Fire Summit will also feature presentations from experts on topics such as "Updating Your Community Wildfire Protection Plan" and "How to Create Fire Adapted Communities," which are communities capable of surviving wildfire with little or no firefighter assistance.

More than 125 residents, firefighters, government officials and land management agency representatives representing 35 communities and 14 counties throughout Nevada will be in attendance.

The 2010 Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Summit is made possible in part by funding from the Nevada Division of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service and a community assistance grant from the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada State Office in cooperation with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Additional support is provided by the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators, Sierra Fire Protection District, the Nevada Fire Safe Council, Wildfire Community Resources, and Gossen Corp.

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

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