Wildfire knows no boundaries – make yours. This is the theme
for Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month this May, occurring during a time when
everyone is trying to set health boundaries through social distancing and
staying at home.
“Wildfires can and will still happen this year, even though
people are all locked down at home,” said Natural Resources Specialist
Christina Restaino, director of University of Nevada, Reno Extension’s Living
With Fire Program.
To help Nevadans reduce the wildfire risk, Living With Fire
presents “Living With Fire Conversations,” an online speaker series that will
be showing on the program’s Facebook page, facebook.com/LivingWithFire,
throughout the month. Speakers include:
• May 14, 11 a.m. – Paul Peterson, Nevada state fire
management officer with the Bureau of Land Management – Nevada, Ron Bollier,
Nevada state fire management officer with the Nevada Division of Forestry, and
Jennifer Diamond, forest fire prevention officer from the U.S. Forest Service
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, will discuss the fire restriction orders on
federal lands in Nevada.
• May 18, 1 p.m. – Janice Roberts, chapter leader of the
Holbrook Highlands Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities, will discuss
defensible space and reducing the wildfire hazard around her home and
• May 19, 1:30 p.m. – Evan LaGuardia, meteorologist with the
National Weather Service office in Reno, will discuss the fire weather outlook
and red flag warnings.
• May 22, 1 p.m. – Melody Hefner, urban integrated pesticide
management and pesticide safety education coordinator for Extension, will
discuss removing noxious weeds, such as cheatgrass.
The Living With Fire Program also launched a brand new
website, LivingWithFire.com, earlier this year to help homeowners, families and
communities get prepared, informed and involved. The site has many different
resources, including protection plans, a calendar of events, an interactive
list of fire departments and districts, and steps homeowners can take during
“While you’re at home, now is a great time to prepare your
home and property for wildfire and work on defensible space,” Restaino said.
“Try to choose one or two small projects that you can tackle.”
Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month is a collaborative effort of
local, state and federal firefighting agencies; Extension; and many others.
Major funding partners include the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest
Service and Nevada Division of Forestry.
For information on Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month and for information on how to reduce your wildfire threat, visit LivingWithFire.com or contact Restaino at email@example.com or 775-336-0272.