Volume 48 | May/June 2018
As Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month winds down, we are able to take a breath and look at the fruits of our labor! Continue reading to learn about all of the awesome things that have occurred during May around Nevada.  
Nevada Interagency Wildfire Prevention Team
Tours the State
A banner hangs on a wooden fence in a desert landscape. Banner text reads - Exploding targets and fireworks are prohibited on public lands. Don't be 'that person.'
A banner advertising for the “One Less Spark” campaign while on the Nevada Interagency
Wildfire Prevention Team Tour.
Michael Beaudoin, coordinator of The Network, toured the state as a part of the Nevada Interagency Wildfire Prevention team. The team was composed of Michael and staff from the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - Elko and Las Vegas Field Offices. The team’s purpose was to distribute wildfire safety/prevention materials and provide outreach to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Nevada Department of Transportation and Nevada State Parks throughout all 17 Nevada counties.

This year’s prevention team educational materials focused on target shooting wildfire safety and fire prevention on public lands. Target shooting on public lands is popular in Nevada and can cause fires under specific conditions. Bullet fragments from target shooting can reach 1400 o F and fine fuels, like cheatgrass, ignite at 660 o F . Target shooters should carry water, a shovel and a fire extinguisher with them and should never shoot on hot dry and windy days.

The Interagency Wildfire Prevention team began the tour in Las Vegas on May 17 and provided outreach to many communities throughout Nevada. Major communities that the team focused on included Las Vegas, Pioche, Ely, Winnemucca, Elko, Reno and Carson City. Michael provided an update on the status of The Network to the White Pine County Board of Commissioners and was featured on several radio programs alongside Clint Mothershead of BLM-Elko, and Jennifer Diamond of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Michael used his experience from the prevention team tour to formalize key partnerships for the Network and gain insights on wildfire prevention public outreach in Nevada from Mothershead and Diamond that he will bring back to his role as Network Coordinator. The prevention team visited 434 locations, had 1,408 contacts, disseminated 16,851 fire prevention items, distributed 170 banners and gave nine radio and television interviews. The prevention team concluded its statewide tour on June 1 in Carson City.
East Fork Fire Protection District and The Network Make Progress on Local FAC Programs
Logo for East Fork Fire Protection District. Fire - EMS - Rescue - Service. Est. 1981. Douglas County Nevada
Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities logo. (Gray State of Nevada shape surrounded by icons of fire adapted community members.)
The Network, East Fork Fire Protection District, several local residents, and the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) met earlier this month to discuss the process and objectives of participating in the Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities Program.

While still in the beginning stages, the fire protection district, NDF, and residents from local communities established some immediate objectives. The Network will work collaboratively with the fire protection district by providing some assistance with the district’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), drafting a defensible space inspection tool, and cultivating more Fire Adapted Community (FAC) community leaders. We hope to draw more community members into the process to assist in making communities safer. The District is considering establishing five to six geographic areas that have similar threats and hazards and are seeking community representatives from those areas. Residents from Holbrook Highlands, Job’s Peak Ranch, Sheridan Acres, and Jacks Valley participated in the initial meeting and The Network is looking forward to inviting more Douglas County community representatives to future meetings.

The East Fork FAC group hopes to be able to apply for grant funds to develop the CWPP’s and also to fund on-the-ground fuels-management work. The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District has done some exceptional work in their jurisdiction in the Tahoe Basin under similar programs. Developing strong relationships with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service is essential to the group’s success, noted District Chief Tod Carlini. “We currently enjoy very positive relationships with both agencies and have been able to implement effective projects over the years, all with grant funds.” East Fork Fire Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Marshal Steve Eisele, managed one of the most successful fuel reduction programs called Compost Your Combustibles. The Network looks forward to assisting the East Fork Fire Protection District to achieve critical initial steps in pursuit of CWPP updates, defensible space inspection programming, cultivating community resident involvement, and providing evacuation planning assistance.
Creative Methods to Reduce the Risk of Wildfire
A picture of thick ornamental junipers on the ground. The word 'before' is on the photo.
A picture of bare dirt and sage brush. The word 'after' is on the photo.
A picture of ornamental junipers before crews removed the hazardous fuels. Photograph courtesy of Sue Markert.
A picture after the junipers were removed. Photograph courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
For two years now, a community leader in my neighborhood and I have wanted to reduce the risk of wildfire in our community. The problem was that many of the residents in the area are seniors or are disabled and unable to perform the work themselves. Considering my neighborhood’s circumstances, we came up with some creative ways to physically remove and dispose of the hazardous fuels.

First, let me explain the conditions of this community. I live in a development that was built during the late 1960s and early ‘70s and the neighborhood was landscaped with ornamental junipers. For those who don’t know, this was a popular shrub to plant at that time because it remained “green”, was drought tolerant and didn’t require much maintenance. Unfortunately, these shrubs are incredibly flammable. Over time, junipers can accumulate thick layers of dead plant debris that build up underneath the shrub. Junipers also have volatile oils which can cause the shrub to burn intensely once ignited. Ornamental junipers were usually planted right next to homes, putting them at risk of ignition as well.

In addition to the flammable ornamental junipers, homes in my neighborhood are located on steep, inaccessible slopes that also have rabbit and sage brush, invasive weeds and rye grasses. After receiving defensible space inspections , my neighbors and I collaboratively decided to hire someone to perform work on a group of homes, which would be less costly per home than if we were to pay a contractor to perform work on only one house at a time. We decided to contract with the Nevada Division of Forestry’s Conservation Crews to remove the hazardous fuels and apply the defensible space inspection recommendations... Continue reading...
Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month
by Tiffany Kozsan
Several people running in the Battle Born Trail Series Fire Up for Firefighters Multi-Hour Event at Bartley Ranch.
Participants in the Battle Born Trail Series: Fire Up for Firefighters Multi-Hour Event
at Bartley Ranch ran to bring awareness to fire danger and to raise funds for families
of firefighters. Photograph courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
The wildfire threat to Nevada communities is significant and increasing, with 768 wildfires burning 1,329,289 acres in 2017. Key to reducing this threat is an aware and proactive public who implement the necessary pre-fire activities – actions that improve house survivability during wildfire. In Nevada, homeowners, firefighting organizations, elected officials, schools, Cooperative Extension, landscape management professionals, community leaders and others all play a role in promoting wildfire awareness and assisting in the adoption of pre-fire activities. The Living With Fire Program established the collaborative Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week/Month as a means to expand the education program and launch a coordinated, statewide wildfire awareness campaign each year.

This May, Extension once again worked with federal, state and local fire services; public safety agencies; community organizations; and others to participate in Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month. This year’s theme was “Prepare Now! Wildfire Knows No Season” to encourage Nevada communities to prepare their homes and families for wildfire throughout the year.

The month featured several events statewide to educate and assist homeowners in making their homes safer from the threat of wildfire. The annual Battle Born Trail Series: Fire Up for Firefighters Multi-Hour Event was an organized run held in Reno. The run had 176 runners. In addition to providing education, it raised $5,823.40 to benefit Nevada fallen firefighters’ families and local firefighters injured in the line of duty via the Nevada Local Assistance State Team Program. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Nevada Radon Education Program and Nevada Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education, along with the Living With Fire Program’s federal, state and local firefighting entities helped support the event.
Vehicles carrying woody vegetation lined up at the Junk the Juniper event at the Nevada Division of Forestry.
Vehicles line up to dispose of their woody vegetation at the Junk the Juniper event at the
Nevada Division of Forestry. Photograph courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative
A volunteer sits at the Living With Fire display table in front of the Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Department building.
Volunteer, Dale Hildebrandt poses in front of the Living With Fire display table before the
Junk the Juniper event started at the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District’s auxiliary
station. Photograph courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
A Bureau of Land Management vehicle parked in front of crews chipping woody vegetation.
Crews from the Bureau of Land Management chip the woody vegetation dropped off at
the lot adjacent to the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District’s Silver Lake Auxiliary
station. Photograph courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. 
At the Junk the Junipers events on May 12, residents from 310 households removed 374 truckloads of highly flammable plants, such as junipers, that were close to their homes and brought them to specified locations in Silver Lake and Washoe Valley in northern Nevada to be chipped for use as mulch. Several other events used The Ember House, a bean-bag-toss game, and the Juniper Toss, a game where participants throw fake juniper trees into a trashcan, to educate children and their parents on wildfire awareness.

Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month began as a weeklong statewide effort in 2005 and expanded in 2014 to the entire month of May.

Major funding partners include the Bureau of Land Management; U.S. Forest Service; Nevada Division of Forestry; and the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators, with additional support from federal, state and local fire services; public safety agencies; community organizations; and others.
Newsletter Transitions to
The Network Coordinator
The newsletter will transition to the new Network Coordinator, Michael Beaudoin. Be sure to add Michael’s email, mbeaudoin@forestry.nv.gov so The Network Pulse isn’t sent to your spam folder. Be on the lookout for next month’s Network Pulse!
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension | Living With Fire Program | roicej@unce.unr.edu
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.