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UNCE offers help to residents affected by Caughlin Fire

Posted 12/6/2011

Dec. 7 presentation will offer landscape tips and an update on restoration

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is inviting residents affected by the Caughlin Fire to a special informational session on Dec. 7 to learn how to help their landscapes recover from the 2,000-acre blaze.

The presentation will run from 6-8 p.m. at Caughlin Ranch Elementary School at 4881 Village Green Parkway.

The event will feature a presentation by UNCE Extension Educator JoAnne Skelly, who will talk about after-fire care of trees and plants and how to tell what might live and what is probably dead. Skelly worked extensively with property owners affected by the Waterfall Fire and will share what she learned from that experience. Ed Smith, a UNCE natural resource specialist, will also discuss what grows back after the fire.

Prior to the presentation, starting at 6 p.m., Linda Nelson, the planning manager for Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, and Kyle West , safety program manager from the City of Reno, will provide an update on plans to rehabilitate other areas burned by the fire. The county and city of Reno have established a Burned Area Emergency Response team that is studying how to control erosion, reseed burned hillsides and manage public access to the affected area.

A representative of the Nevada Land Conservancy will also be on hand to discuss acquiring permission to access private land in the burned area.

Cooperative Extension will be holding a second session on how homeowners can protect their properties from flying embers the following week, but the time and location has not been determined yet.

"Flying embers played a huge role in the spread of the Caughlin Fire," Smith said. "Embers are often the main reason homes ignite during wildfire."

Additional information on how to "Be Ember Aware" is also available at www.livingwithfire.info.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who may need special accommodations should contact Ashley Andrews at 775-336-0231 or andrewsa@unce.unr.edu in advance of the event.

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