Prepare for Wildfire – Pack a To-Go Bag

July 26th, 2018

Photograph Courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension My colleague shared her experience when a wildfire was approaching her community several years ago. “In the early morning hours, I woke…

Creative Methods to Reduce the Risk of Wildfire

May 30th, 2018

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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Inventory my belongings?

September 14th, 2016

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…

Debunking Wildfire Myths

August 16th, 2016

Most homes are destroyed during wildfire by burning embers landing on, in or near the house on something easy to ignite. In this photograph, embers have ignited the house and…

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