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Extension helping those affected by Washoe Drive fire

Posted 1/24/2012

Experts to explain landscape care, insurance and ember preparedness

Ed Smith nealing down in front of burned land.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) is inviting residents affected by the Washoe Drive Fire to three informational sessions on Jan. 26, 30 and 31 to discuss post-fire insurance questions, learn how to help their burned and scorched landscapes recover from the blaze, and find out how to help protect homes from embers during the next wildfire.

The presentations will run from 6-7 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Elementary School at 405 Surrey Drive.

Thursday, Jan. 26: Rajat Jain and Marie Holt, Nevada Division of Insurance, will present "Insurance — Recover, Rebuild, Restore" and field questions.

Monday, Jan. 30: UNCE Extension Educator JoAnne Skelly will provide tips for homeowners on post-fire landscape care. Skelly worked extensively with property owners and their landscapes after the Waterfall Fire and will share what she learned from that experience.

Tuesday, Jan. 31: Wind-blown embers were a major factor in the Caughlin and Washoe Drive fires. UNCE Natural Resource Specialist Ed Smith will present the video "Be Ember Prepared" and answer questions from the audience. Additional information on how to "Be Ember Aware" is also available at

UNCE is an EEO/AA institution. The sessions are free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who may need special accommodations should contact Sonya Sistare at 775-336-0271 or in advance of the event.

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