June 9, 2014 
 
Summer is just weeks away, and with a successful and exciting Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month completed, Nevadans are preparing their homes for wildfire! We invite you to read on to discover the highlights of Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month, information you'll want to know when caring for your backyard deck, concerns with landscape mulches and more.

Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month at a Glance
Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month was a great success! Partners in the goal to reduce the wildfire threat to Nevada communities - community members, fire service representatives, local, state, and federal agencies and others - dedicated their time, services, work and support to ensure that May 2014 was a month when community members learned to prepare their homes for wildfire. Continue reading...
Oil-Based Stain
and Fire Performance
of Deck Boards
Staining the deck is part of regular yard maintenance for many Nevadans. Applying stain to deck boards can help protect the wood if done properly and regularly, and decks with a recent coat of stain send an invitation to enjoy a family meal or a nice beverage outside on a summer evening. With all this said, here's a question: do oil-based stains impact the fire performance of deck boards? Dr. Stephen Quarles with Insurance Institute for Building and Home Safety has performed a demonstration to address this question. His answer? No. Read his article here. 
FACt
With drought throughout Nevada, many homeowners are looking for ways to stretch water a little further when it comes to maintaining their yards. Though mulch can be a helpful tool in retaining moisture in a landscape, it is also  flammable. Read our publication,The Combustibility of Landscape Mulches,
to learn more.
Partner Spotlight:
BLM, Winnemucca District
and the Nevada Division of Forestry
As part of the Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month activities, the BLM, Winnemucca District, with the help of the Nevada Division of Forestry, held a Home Assessment Day in the beautiful, historic community of Unionville. Read an article  by BLM Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist, Terah Malsam, and learn how the homeowners of Unionville have become informed and inspired to prepare their homes for wildfire! 
Are Your Ready for a Red Flag Warning? Natalie Is!
Late spring is a precarious time for weather in Nevada. Temperatures can drop and soar, the sun can be shining one moment and rain can be pounding the roof of a car the next. So I wasn't surprised... 
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Funding Opportunities
CWPP: Has your community started a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)? See our website for a template and a guide on how to begin. Having a completed CWPP can boost a community's competitive edge when applying for grants for projects and can help speed up the NEPA process to perform work on adjacent public lands.

FEMA: FY14 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program 
States and Federally-recognized Native American Tribes can apply for funds for wildfire mitigation projects. Local Governments are considered sub-applicants and need to apply to their state applicant. Grant proposals are due 7/25/2014. See the details here
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! 

In This Issue
FACs
Nevada neighborhoods located in wildfire-prone areas should work toward 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.

Is your community working toward becoming fire adapted? Watch our Fire Adapted Community PSA and reply to this email for more information!
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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. Additional support is provided by the Bureau of Land Management - Nevada State Office.

 

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