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Speaker series kicks off wildfire awareness campaign

Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images The Bear Fire in Oroville, Calif.
Butte County firefighters watch as flames tower over their truck at the Bear fire in Oroville, Calif. on Sept. 9, 2020.
Monthly webinars will cover evacuation, prevention, fire weather, other topics.

University of Nevada, Reno Extension and local, state and federal firefighting agencies are embarking on a six-month-long “Nevada Wildfire Awareness Campaign,” kicking off in May and running through October.

As part of the campaign, Extension’s Living With Fire Program will be offering a series of webinars on wildfire-related topics.

Formerly, Extension and its partners concentrated their efforts on wildfire awareness during May, declaring it “Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month.”

“With the number of wildfires occurring in the West and the havoc they have wreaked in recent years, we just really feel that we need keep the drum beating strong all summer and into fall,” said Jamie Roice-Gomes, manager of Extension’s Living With Fire Program. “There is so much information that can help people make their homes and properties safer from the threat of wildfire, and we want to keep people thinking about this, and acting on it, throughout the summer, and really all year.”

As part of activities to kick off the campaign, the Clark County Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation in support of the efforts. The Living With Fire Program was recognized alongside local, state and federal firefighting agencies at the Clark County Commissioners meeting in April, and details were shared about the collaboration between Extension and local, state and federal firefighting agencies to protect Nevadans.

Throughout the campaign, partners will continue to join with Extension to provide information and resources at community meetings and events throughout the state. In addition, the Living With Fire Program will present its “Living With Fire Series,” online webinars to help Nevadans learn more about wildland fire issues and how to reduce the wildfire risk.

Webinars will be held monthly beginning May 13. For dates and topics, click here.

For more information on the Nevada Wildfire Awareness Campaign and on how to reduce the wildfire threat, visit the Living With Fire website or email Roice-Gomes.

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