Five Lessons Learned Following the Caughlin Fire

November 17th, 2017

After the Caughlin Fire. Photograph Courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension I awoke to the smell of thick campfire-like smoke that had filtered into my bedroom. I jumped out…

Autumn Cheatgrass Management

October 24th, 2017

Cheatgrass emerging during the Fall. A concerned resident contacted me regarding cheatgrass control because of its high-fire hazard potential. He noticed that his cheatgrass had started to germinate, but wanted…

Preparing for Wildfire is More Than Evacuation and Defensible Space

September 19th, 2017

Having spent the majority of my life in Nevada, I’ve seen my share of wildfires. Growing up, I remember helping my father pick the weeds from the common area behind…

Are you Ember Aware?

August 29th, 2017

Working at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Living With Fire Program has altered my perception of the ember threat and proper defensible space. Just the other day, I approached my…

Lessons from Replacing My Junipers

July 27th, 2017

Japanese Boxwood in my yard. Photograph Courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Before I started my position with the Living With Fire Program, my husband and I removed our…

Be Careful when Removing the Flammable Weed Cheatgrass

June 29th, 2017

Dried Cheatgrass When talking with a neighbor, she expressed her concern over the flammability of cheatgrass and asked me how to safely remove it this time of year. As Outreach…

Choosing the Right Landscaper

May 30th, 2017

Photograph Courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. As the weather warms up, I look forward to following those defensible space suggestions made by Nevada Division of Forestry’s Fire Protection…

WILDFIRE! Prepare. Anticipate. Evacuate.

April 25th, 2017

So often we think of wildfires in terms of how many acres burned or which roads are closed. But for some, those caught in the middle, it’s more a matter…

Replacing Mulch with Mulch

March 17th, 2017

Partially composted mulch Since starting as the Outreach Coordinator with the Living With Fire Program, I have learned that landscape mulch located next to the house is undesirable.  This is…

Plan and Prepare for Evacuation

February 23rd, 2017

Cathleen Allison/Nevada Appeal Pleasant Valley residents scramble to escape as the Andrew fire overruns the south end of Neilson Road. I awoke to the smell of thick campfire-like smoke that…

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