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2013 Wildfire Awareness Week Starts May 4

Posted 4/22/2013

Residents urged to be proactive

“Reduce the Fuel - Reduce the Risk!” is the message for 2013 Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week, which kicks off May 4. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) natural resource specialist Ed Smith, the manager of UNCE’s Living With Fire program, said this year’s message is a call to action. Reducing the fuel around homes and other structures is critical to survival during a wildfire.

There are three factors that control wildfire behavior: weather (relative humidity, wind, air temperature, etc.), topography (steepness of slope, aspect, slope position, etc.) and fuel (amount, continuity, height, moisture content, etc.). Together, these three factors determine the ease in which a wildfire will start, direction it will go, how fast it travel, length of its flames and how difficult it will be to suppress. Of these three factors, only the fuels can be changed in order to reduce the wildfire risk.

Events are being planned across the state by your local, state and federal firefighting agencies, UNCE and other organizations. For a complete list of all Wildfire Awareness Week events taking place in Nevada, including an event in Red Rock Canyon on May 9 in Clark County, visit the Living With Fire website and click on the Wildfire Awareness Week page.

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