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UNCE offers help to residents affected by Caughlin Fire

Posted 12/13/2011

Dec. 14 presentation will offer help on protecting your home from embers

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is inviting interested residents, including those affected by the Caughlin Fire, to a special informational session Wednesday (Dec. 14) to learn how to help their homes survive a wildlife, such as the 2,000-acre blaze that destroyed 30 homes recently.

The 6 p.m. presentation at the Skyline Fire Station, 3050 Skyline Blvd., will include a half-hour video on reducing the ember threat to your home.

The presentation will be by Ed Smith, a natural resource specialist with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. The event is in collaboration with the city of Reno Fire Department and Washoe County.

"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

Wednesday’s session is free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who may need special accommodations should contact Ashley Andrews at 775-336-0231 or in advance of the event.

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