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First Wildfire Awareness Week set for July 3

Wildfire Awareness Week will be July 3 to July 11. The event is being held to encourage all Lake Tahoe Basin residents to “be ember prepared.”

California and Nevada already hosted a Wildfire Awareness Week in early May. Participation has been low in the Tahoe Basin, partially because second home owners are present in later summer. In response, a partnership of fire service professionals including the Nevada Fire Safe Council, University of Nevada and University of California Cooperative Extensions and other interested organizations joined forces to promote wildfire and ember awareness through a coordinated campaign at Lake Tahoe in July 2010.

The goal is to motivate and empower residents and visitors to take action now to protect homes and communities from embers that can attack during a wildfire. Events and activities are planned throughout the Lake Tahoe basin to remind the residents and visitors of the risks inherent to living in a fire-prone environment and the importance of taking measures now to reduce the threat and increase the protection of their homes.

Events will include 4th of July pancake breakfasts by local fire departments, fire station open houses, fuels treatment project tours, fire-wise landscaping classes, Fire Safe chapter barbecues and presentations to homeowner association meetings. The capstone event will be a Wildfire Summit for residents from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 9 at Harveys Resort and Casino. Visit http://www.livingwithfire.info/tahoe for event listings.

Homeowners can assess their home’s defensibility by using the “Living with Fire Guide for the Homeowner” and the ember awareness checklist in the “Be Ember Aware! Will your home survive when the embers arrive?”

More information is available at the Nevada Fire Safe Council website at http://www.nvfsc.org.

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