Proactive communities can significantly reduce the risk of wildfire by taking the steps demonstrated in these webinars, according to Ed Smith, Cooperative Extension natural resource specialist.
“Representatives from homeowners’ associations, other community groups, community leaders, land-management agencies, fire departments and individual homeowners can all benefit from this information,” he said.
The first one-hour, free webinar will be offered at 10 a.m., May 7, in conjunction with Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week that begins May 4. Participants will learn about the purpose and value of Community Wildfire Protection Plans and explore a digital template designed specifically for communities located in Washoe County. The template can easily be modified for use outside of Washoe County.
The next one-hour, free webinar will be offered at 10 a.m., May 14. Participants will learn about Fire-Adapted Communities, communities that can survive wildfires with little or no assistance from firefighters. This is possible because of how the homes are built and maintained, how vegetation is managed and the knowledge of residents.