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Episode 6 – Regime Change: History of Fire Ecology in Nevada

From the Ponderosa Pine-covered mountains in the Eastern Great Basin to the arid Mojave Desert and all the sagebrush and grass in between, Nevada’s ecosystems are diverse. Fire behaves differently across these regions, both historically and today. The guests on the latest episode of the Living With Fire Podcast “Regime Change: History of fire ecology […]

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Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities Summit, 2020

The Network’s First Virtual Summit The theme for the 2020 Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities Summit is “Creating the Toolbox for a Fire Adapted Nevada.” Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020 Time: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Register at: bit.ly/FireAdaptedNevadaSummit2020 AGENDA 9:00 – Welcome and Agenda Review Christina Restaino, Assistant Professor – UNR Cooperative Extension […]

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Using Preemergence Herbicide to Control Cheatgrass on Your Property

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. It lays dormant in the winter, then continues growing  through early spring until it dies in the summer right as temperatures are heating up, thus […]

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

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 of Peavine Peak, but today it’s hidden under a blanket of dense smoke from the Loyalton Fire. So far this year, thousands of Nevadans have […]

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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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The Ins and Outs of Open Pile Burning

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 with a large amount of leaves, weeds, branches and shrubs that need disposing of. As the mornings become brisk and the fall season approaches, some […]

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Prepare for Wildfire – Pack a To-Go Bag

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 to a nearby friend’s text saying ‘I can see the flames coming down the hillside. We’re evacuating!’  After racing out the front door, smelling smoke and […]

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Running to Benefit Local Fallen Firefighters

Runners start the three-hour multi-hour trail run in May 2017 Two things that I love are being active and experiencing the outdoors. One event that combines both of these is to run a one-mile loop through the scenic Bartley Ranch while benefitting fallen firefighters. While I’m not a distance runner by any means, there’s an […]

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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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Are you Ember Aware?

Working at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Living With Fire Program has altered my perception of the ember threat and proper defensible space. Just the other day, I approached my sister’s house and caught myself secretly congratulating her on her home’s defensible space. One publication that is partly responsible for my increased awareness is “Be […]

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