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…

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…

Fireworks and Wildfire Preparedness

July 3rd, 2018

As July 4th approaches, it got me thinking of wildfire preparedness. Growing up in Nevada and celebrating Independence Day was about enjoying barbequed food with friends and family and settling…

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…

Running to Benefit Local Fallen Firefighters

March 22nd, 2018

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…

How you can improve Forest Health while Celebrating the Holidays

December 13th, 2017

An example of a white fir acting like a ladder fuel. Photograph courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.   Christmas tree hunting to me is a family affair, complete…

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…

Autumn Cheatgrass Management

October 24th, 2017

Cheatgrass emerging during the Fall. A concerned resident contacted me regarding cheatgrass control because of its high-fire hazard potential. He noticed that his cheatgrass had started to germinate, but wanted…

Preparing for Wildfire is More Than Evacuation and Defensible Space

September 19th, 2017

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…

Are you Ember Aware?

August 29th, 2017

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…

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