A field of yellow cheatgrass on fire

Using Preemergence Herbicide to Control Cheatgrass on Your Property

October 27th, 2020

Cheatgrass is probably the most ignitable plant in Nevada’s rangelands. It’s called a “winter annual” which means that it germinates in the fall and quickly grows until cold temperatures arrive.…

Photo of a man unloading green waste from the back of a truck

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Offers Free Green Waste Collection Days

October 9th, 2020

It’s official Fall, but there is still high potential for fire in the west during the month of October, according to the National Interagency Fire Center’s “Significant Wildland Fire Potential…

Living With Fire & COVID-19: Outreach During a Pandemic

May 29th, 2020

I’m Megan Kay, the outreach coordinator for the Living With Fire Program, which is part of University of Nevada, Reno Extension. Due to COVID-19, the University and our office have…

The Ins and Outs of Open Pile Burning

August 31st, 2018

A pile of vegetation after a resident improved their defensible space. Photograph courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. When maintaining or creating defensible space, property owners can end up…

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…

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…

Video Blog: Learned lessons from defensible space inspection

January 12th, 2017

Recently, I had a defensible space inspection performed on my property by Nevada Division of Forestry’s fire protection officer, Chanse Hunwardsen. Chanse noted some problem areas that I have previously…

Defensible Space Inspection Q&A Video Blog

December 5th, 2016

Defensible space inspections are performed around a home to note areas in need of mitigation in order to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. Watch the video as outreach coordinator,…

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