March 12, 2014 
The Living With Fire Team is pleased to present the first issue of our newsletter, The Network Pulse, as part of the new Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities. We're excited to share news and helpful tips to make your home and community safer from the threat of wildfire, as well as to connect you with resources to get the work done! Please read on to find out some of the terrific things we have planned for 2014, to explore the new Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) template, to learn a good tip for what to do with yard waste and more! 

Exciting Developments for 

Living With Fire in 2014

 

The New Year has brought with it a lot of promise for the Living With Fire program. 2014 has only just begun, and is already greeting us with new opportunities to inform Nevadans about how they can make their homes and communities safer from the threat of wildfire. 

 

What better way to start a new year than to begin a new tradition? We're excited to bring you The Network Pulse, a newsletter with the goal of delivering the information that brings Fire Adapted Communities together. 

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Nevada CWPP Template

 

Creating a Community Wildfire Protection Plan just got easier with a new Nevada template and publication on the Living With Fire website. Every Nevada community, no matter their county, will find this template easy to use. Explore the template here, view the accompanying CWPP publication here, or reply to this email for help getting started today!

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of the Reno Gazette-Journal
FACt
 
Yard maintenance is an important part of reducing the wildfire threat to your home. During this dry winter season, cleaning up leaves and other yard waste can mean the difference between an ember finding a place to ignite in your yard or not. Often times, disposing of yard waste can create bags upon bags of debris that will end up in a landfill. Cooperative Extension has a suggestion: compost it! Read how here

Map courtesy of the United States Drought Monitor
Partner Spotlight:
NOAA, USDA and NDMC

With a large portion of Nevada experiencing "extreme drought" and three counties classified as having "exceptional drought," our state's lack of precipitation has been a hot topic. This issue's "Partner Spotlight" is on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), who have teamed up to establish the U.S. Drought Monitor and to produce a weekly map of drought conditions - an important tool in predicting the chances of wildfire in your area. Explore the U.S. Drought monitor website and view Nevada's map here

New to the WUI? 
You should meet Natalie!
Join us as we follow Natalie Newcomer's journey through the perils and joys of living in the wildland-urban interface. Autumn at the new house has been unbelievable. The cottonwoods around the nearby stream have dropped their bright gold leaves and the sagebrush behind the ... Continue reading →...�

What do you think?
We'd like your feedback! What information would you like to know to help reduce the wildfire threat to your community? Reply to this email to share your thoughts! 

This newsletter is provided by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, an EEO/AA institution, with funding from a State Fire Assistance grant from the Nevada Division of Forestry and USDA Forest Service.

In This Issue
FACs
 
Nevada neighborhoods located in wildfire-prone areas should embrace the goal of becoming Fire Adapted Communities (FACs). FACs are communities that can survive a wildfire with little or no assistance from firefighters.This is possible because of how the homes are constructed and maintained, the manner vegetation within and surrounding the community is managed and the knowledge and skills of the residents. During a wildfire, FACs reduce the potential for loss of human life and injury, minimize damage to homes and infrastructure and reduce firefighting costs. For more information, watch Fire Adapted Communities: The Next Step in Wildfire Preparedness.

Funding Opportunities
 
Check back in with The Network Pulse for funding opportunities. We'll share whatever news we find here! See below for a funding opportunity from FEMA.
  •  FEMA is now accepting applications for the FY 2013 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant. The deadline for applications is March 21, 2014 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Education and awareness projects are eligible. For more information and to see if your project might qualify, visit the Fire Prevention and Safety Grants home page here.
Ed Smith spoke with Reno Public Radio's Will Stone about the drought and winter wildfires. Listen to the story
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