Defensible-space education is offered at Kahle Park tonight |

Defensible-space education is offered at Kahle Park tonight

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The potential for loss of human life and property because of wildfire is a growing concern across Nevada and California. In response, a partnership of fire service professionals and public safety organizations are participating in Nevada Wildland Fire Awareness Week, which is May 17-24. Events and activities are planned throughout the state to remind the community to take measures now to reduce the threat of wildfire and help protect their homes and communities.

To observe Wildland Fire Awareness Week, the Nevada Fire Safe Council and its chapters will host a Defensible Space Education Night from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Kahle Park, 236 Kingsbury Grade. The following organizations will offer short presentations and answer questions:

— Douglas County and chapter leaders and staff from the Nevada Fire Safe Council.

— U.S. Forest Service will discuss the Kingsbury to Logan Shoals Fuel Reduction Project that’s under way.

— The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District will discuss defensible space evaluations and services they provide.

— The Nevada Tahoe Conservation District will update homeowners on recent changes in BMP regulations.

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— Living With Fire will present new material to aid homeowners in preparing defensible space.

— The University of Nevada, Reno, Cooperative Extension will discuss appropriate plants to use to revegetate properties as a defensible space is completed.

For more information, call Jason Arnold, project coordinator for the Nevada Fire Safe Council, at (775) 220-6000, or Ann Grant, leader of the Skyland Fire Safe Chapter, at (775) 588-0641.

Nevada Fire Safe chapters recommend that homeowners clear an area of at least 30 feet around structures and remove all flammable materials. Examples of common defensible-space measures include pruning tree branches away from roofs and chimneys, clearing leaves and debris from roofs and gutters, and using landscaping material that resists fire.

The Nevada Fire Safe Council also recommends homeowners institute an evacuation plan, establish a meeting place for the family after they are out of danger and consider how to care for pets.