“Don’t Panic” Lessons Learned During a Wildfire Evacuation

September 10th, 2020

This Fire Year 2020 has been a challenging one. As I’m writing this from my home in Reno, I’m looking out my window. I used to have a nice view…

Fire Whirls

October 14th, 2015

Image Source: Wikipedia Did you know that I grew up in Illinois? Yup… the good ol’ Midwest. We don’t live with the threat of wildfire in that neck of the…

Emergency Notification Systems

September 15th, 2015

Washoe County's CodeRED logo In July’s post (which you can read here), I talked about the importance of creating a Family Emergency Plan in order to prepare for wildfire. Since…

Goat Grazing for Fuel Reduction

August 10th, 2015

Hey Living With Fire friends, welcome back to our blog! I’m still working on my defensible space and evacuation plan from previous weeks (you can check those posts out The…

In Case of Emergency – Notify Me!

August 28th, 2014

Courtesy of Nevada Appeal Last week a brush fire burned near one of my favorite campgrounds. Fire crews were able to quickly contain the blaze and campers were only evacuated…

From Smoke to Response: The Dispatcher’s Side of the Story

August 11th, 2014

With fire season in full swing and more acres of Nevada vegetation burning by the day, I recently began to wonder what happens when a 911 call is placed to…

Fuel Breaks Can Save the Day

July 24th, 2014

Last July’s Carpenter 1 Fire made national headlines and filled the skies of Las Vegas with smoke. A recent YouTube search turned up a video, posted by the U.S. Forest…

Leave it to the Experts on the Fourth

July 2nd, 2014

The 4th of July and a local fireworks show has always been a fixture of my upbringing in Nevada. My family would always pack cold drinks and desserts in a…

Ready for a Red Flag Warning

May 28th, 2014

Late spring is a precarious time for weather in Nevada. Temperatures can drop and soar, the sun can be shining one moment and rain can be pounding the roof of…

Let’s Lend Firefighters a Hand, Huh?

April 8th, 2014

As a member of a community located in the wildland-urban interface where a beautiful hike is moments from my door, there’s always wildlife to study, and the stars seem to…

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