Living With Fire Program continues to expand
While wildfire awareness efforts continue throughout the year, the Living With Fire Program is creating a new organization to serve as a support system for Nevada’s wildfire-prone communities. The Nevada Network of Fire-Adapted Communities will provide assistance to volunteer community groups interested in reducing their wildfire threat through education, creation of action plans, sharing of ideas and information, and membership recruitment.
The Nevada Network of Fire-Adapted Communities is a local response to the approach identified by The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. "Creating Fire-Adapted Communities (FAC)" was identified as one of three key opportunities to address the nation’s growing wildland-urban interface fire threat. FACs are communities that can survive wildfire with little or no assistance from firefighters. This is possible because of the manner in which the community’s built environment is constructed and maintained, how vegetation (both residential landscape and adjacent wildland vegetation) is managed, the skills and knowledge possessed by the residents, and other factors.
The objectives of the Nevada Network of Fire-Adapted Communities are to:
- Achieve widespread adoption of FAC practices by Nevada’s high-fire-hazard communities
- Provide an organization that stakeholders in Nevada’s wildland-urban interface issue can join
- Serve as a point of contact for Nevada’s wildfire prone communities
- Promote and facilitate the interaction of residents of wildfire-prone communities with the fire service, land management agencies, emergency managers and professional services
To join the organization, a community must be located in Nevada, submit an application, identify a community contact person, agree to host at least one community event a year, have at least one community member attend a FAC workshop within the first year, initiate work on a Community Wildfire Protection Plan within two years and provide an annual report on accomplishments. The Living With Fire team is expanding as well to include a coordinator position for the organization. For more information, contact Sonya Sistare at 775-784-4848.