Creepy Crawlies and Pinyon Pine

One of my favorite things about living in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) is that I can walk out my front door and start hiking within moments of leaving my house. I love to study pinyon pine trees on my hikes. They have needles and drop pine cones like a pine tree should, but they make […]

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Use an Ash Can to Prevent Winter Fires

It seems like “winter fire” is a current buzz word… well, buzz words. The news is full of stories of fires that have left destruction in their wake in California, and in other places as well. It seems strange that winter should be a time when such devastating fires would catch. In all of my […]

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Help the Forest, Cut a Tree

The weekend after the Thanksgiving holiday has always marked a prized tradition in my parents’ house: Christmas tree hunting. When I got married I would drag my husband down to our local Forest Service Ranger Station to purchase a tree tag, and we’d go on the annual tree hunt whenever possible. We always enjoyed ourselves. The fresh […]

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All Good Reasons for Yard Work

It seems like the holidays are a perfect reason to justify making sure the house and yard are in good shape. A recent conversation with my mother, in which she declared her intentions to come for dinner, visit with her grand dogs, and see my fall decorations, had me running for the garage and the […]

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An Unexpected Neighbor

Join us as we follow Natalie Newcomer’s journey through the perils and joys of living in the wildland-urban interface. Autumn at the new house has been unbelievable. The cottonwoods around the nearby stream have dropped their bright gold leaves and the sagebrush behind the house has taken on a whole new smell: it’s crisper, cleaner, and headier. When buying […]

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Workshops to Help Residents Affected by the Washoe Drive Fire

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension invites residents affected by the Washoe Drive Fire to informational sessions on January 26, 30 and 31 to discuss post-fire insurance questions, learn how to help their landscapes recover from a wildfire and steps that can be taken now to help protect homes from embers during the next wildfire. The […]

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Nevada Division of Insurance Offers Assistance to Victims of Washoe Drive Fire

Insurance Commissioner Scott J. Kipper urges anyone affected by the Washoe Drive fire to contact the Nevada Division of Insurance (Division) if you have questions about insurance or need assistance with insurance claims. Hazards that are generally covered by a home or renter’s insurance policy include damage from fire, wind, smoke or loss of use […]

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Washoe Drive Fire – Evacuation Advice for Homeowners

If you are in the path of the Washoe Drive Fire and need advice on safe and effective evacuation, please consult our publication on Fire Adapted Communities. In it you will find advice on what to take, how you should prepare you home to increase the likelihood it will survive, and what to do if […]

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Washoe County Fire Adapted Communities Project – Fire Adapted Communities and Community Wildfire Protection Planning

By: Ed Smith Natural Resource Specialist University of Nevada Cooperative Extension For many, evidence of the Caughlin Fire is a daily reminder of the threat wildfire poses to the Reno area. Strong winds, burning embers, an abundance of dried leaves, needles and grass, inadequate defensible space and houses built from easily ignited materials played a […]

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Is Your Home Ember Prepared?

By JoAnne Skelly Extension Educator, Carson City/Storey County University of Nevada Cooperative Extension The Deer Run fire two weeks ago in east Carson City and the November fire in Caughlin Ranch are reminders that we need to prepare our homes against wildfire. While these fire events are unusual for this time of year, we can’t […]

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