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

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 been closed, and we’ve been working from home since mid-March. In addition, as a result of a  statewide stay-at-home order, all of our events for […]

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Online Resources for Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month – Living With Fire Conversations

Wildfire knows no boundaries – make yours. This is the theme for Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month (NWAM) this May, occurring during a time when everyone is trying to set health boundaries through social distancing and staying at home. So, this year we are focusing our NWAM outreach efforts online. We’re excited to present “Living With Fire […]

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6 Questions We Asked the New Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator

Marc Titus, the new executive coordinator at the Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities. The Living With Fire Program works in partnership with the Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities to educate residents and communities about wildfire science and how to create ignition-resistant communities and landscapes resilient to wildland fire. The Network recently hired Marc […]

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Six ways to Prepare Now for Wildfire

“Once I saw the plume of smoke I quickly determined a list of to-go bag items and removed the dead plants from my deck.” This was the beginning of a conversation that I had with an individual regarding a recent wildfire and what his thought process was once he saw smoke from his residence. This […]

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Creative Methods to Reduce the Risk of Wildfire

For two years now, a community leader in my neighborhood and I have wanted to reduce the risk of wildfire in our community. The problem was that many of the residents in the area are seniors or are disabled and unable to perform the work themselves. Considering my neighborhood’s circumstances, we came up with some […]

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Preparing for Wildfire is More Than Evacuation and Defensible Space

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 our house to improve our defensible space and even preparing items at home for an evacuation. Before starting with the Living With Fire Program, this […]

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Inventory my belongings?

If a fire destroyed your home, would you be able to remember the estimated value and age of all your possessions for insurance purposes? Yea, me neither! Since September is National Preparedness Month, I started an inventory of my personal belongings. It’s important as it provides an accurate record of a homeowner’s possessions, helps process […]

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Am I Prepared for Wildfire?

To-go bag essentials I was talking with my friend, Jed Horan, from the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and he suggested I write a blog on the importance of having an evacuation plan, knowing a route out of my neighborhood and what to do if that evacuation route was blocked. What a great idea, […]

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