August 21, 2014
  
The Living With Fire Team has been hard at work to create the Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities! Read on to take a look back with us over the past few months as the program has developed, discover our first-ever "Ask An Expert" a column, featuring Dr. Stephen Quarles, about aluminum screen mesh as a possible material to cover your attic and foundation vents and more. 
 
Save the Date for The Network's Annual Fall Conference

It's been very exciting to watch Cooperative Extension's new program, the Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities (The Network), grow from an idea to a program with members who have signed up and others who are expressing interest.Continue reading...  


Ask An Expert 
A homeowner recently asked us if he could use aluminum window screening mesh instead of the recommended 1/8" wire mesh to cover his attic and foundation vents to prevent ember entry. We turned to Dr. Stephen Quarles, Senior Scientist with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, for an expert's answer. Read it here .  
Partner Spotlight: Communities of Mt. Charleston 
We're quite inspired by Mount Charleston's Pine Needle Pick Up. This great event encourages residents to clear flammable pine needle debris from their properties, and provides dumpsters to haul away the fuel. Complete with vendor booths and a BBQ, this event is one to emulate! Read all about the Annual Pine Needle Pick Up and learn a great tip about how to host a fuel reduction event in your community here
Natalie talked to a dispatcher to discover behind the scenes action during 911 calls

With fire season in full swing and more acres of Nevada vegetation burning by the day, I recently began to wonder what happens when a 911 call is placed to report smoke or flames. Continue reading...  

Funding Opportunities
State Farm Safety Grant:
Applications for the 2015 State Farm Safety Grant are available September 2nd through October 31st 2014. Funding is directed toward home safety and fire prevention, disaster preparedness and other categories. Eligible organizations include: educational institutions, government entities, nonprofit organizations and volunteer fire companies. For more details, click here.

2014 IAFC/IBHS Ready, Set, Go! Grant:
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) are teaming up to offer direct funding no cost-share grants of $1,000 to rural and volunteer fire departments that are members of the Ready, Set, Go! Program. See the Ready, Set, Go! site and explore their resources for more information. Ready, Set, Go! and Living With Fire work in a complementary and collaborative fashion. Read how here.

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.

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.

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