Sept. 26 summit offers wildland fire risk solutions for communities

Division of Forestry firefighter during Nevada’s 2006 fire season.

RENO, Nev.–Local, state and federal fire protection and land management agencies will meet with key government and community leaders from throughout Nevada in Reno September 26 to discuss reducing the threat to Nevada’s high and extreme wildland fire hazard communities.

The Nevada Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Summit 2007 will be held at the Regional Public Safety Training Center at 5190 Spectrum Boulevard in Reno.

Millions of acres of land have been scorched, numerous structures damaged or destroyed and firefighters killed in wildland fires in Nevada since the turn of the century. During the past several years wildland fire hazard assessments have been conducted statewide resulting in 66 communities in 16 counties being rated as having an extreme or high wildland fire hazard.

Community representatives from each identified community along with fire service and land management agency representatives, county managers or their representatives and a variety of elected officials will consider the challenge of those identified hazards and how to mitigate those hazards to reduce the wildland fire threat.

Participants will look at a variety of solutions that can be implemented at the local level to mitigate the wildland fire hazard, such as building defensible space requirements into residential development standards, community-based vegetation management practices to reduce or eliminate fire potential, potential partnerships and project funding,
developing a hazard mitigation plan, new technologies and other
information.

Agencies sponsoring the Nevada Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Summit 2007 include University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Nevada Association of Counties, Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Nevada Fire Safe Council, Nevada Division of Forestry, Nevada Division of Emergency Management and the Nevada-Tahoe Conservation District.

For More Information: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Ed Smith (775) 782-9960 or Sonya Sistare (775) 784-4848

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