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Living With Fire awarded five-year grant from Bureau of Land Management

Posted 9/3/2014

Ed Smith, natural resources specialist and director of the Living With Fire Program, advises homeowner Jenny Herz.

Ed Smith, natural resources specialist and director of the Living With Fire Program, advises homeowner Jenny Herz. Living With Fire received funding from the Bureau of Land Management to continue educating homeowners on how to live safely in wildfire-prone areas.

Funding to continue teaching homeowners and communities about living safely in wildfire-prone areas

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Living With Fire Program received $495,000 from the Nevada Bureau of Land Management to continue and enhance the current success of the program.

"Living With Fire provides good services to the state and nationally with prevention and materials for defensible space," Rex McKnight, state fire management officer with the Bureau, said. "We’ve been partners since Living With Fire started, and this grant is to continue support for the program."

The "Living With Fire Campaign: 2013-2018" is the second five-year grant the Living With Fire Program has received from the Bureau.

"The Bureau of Land Management has been an outstanding partner with us in helping Nevadans reduce the threat of wildfires to communities," said Ed Smith, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension natural resources specialist. "Living With Fire probably wouldn’t have existed without their support."

Living With Fire is a collaborative effort founded in 1997 and directed by Smith and Co-Manager and Marketing Director Sonya Sistare, to teach homeowners how to live more safely in Nevada’s high wildfire-hazard environments. In 2013 alone, Living With Fire reached nearly 14,700 people through presentations, events and activities, and at least 19 other states use materials produced by the program.

For more information about Living With Fire, visit www.LivingWithFire.info.

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