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Open House to Educate on Wildfire Risk
Open House to Educate on Wildfire Risk

 

The Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies are hosting a wildfire awareness day from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Red Rock National Conservation Area Visitors Center.

People are invited to learn about how to be wildfire prepared. Volunteer fire stations and citizen advisory groups also have scheduled cleanups from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at Mountain Springs near Highway 160 and mile marker 19, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8 on Mount Charleston on June 8.

Wildfire Awareness Week runs through May 11 this year in Nevada, but cleaning up dry debris and brush is encouraged throughout the warmest months to reduce fire-burning fuels.

Tips include:

  • Clear dead vegetation (trees, grass, leaves etc.) around your home to limit potential fire fuel.
  • Roofs constructed from fire resistant materials such as tile, metal or asphalt can significantly increase the survivability of your home. Wood shingle roofs are more burnable.
  • Properly soak and dispose of cigarette butts, charcoal briquettes and any materials that can start fires.
  • Adhere to posted fire restrictions in National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management areas in Southern Nevada, including Red Rock, Mount Charleston and Lake Mead.
  • Equip all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and similar vehicles with spark arrestors.
  • Use fireworks labeled with a “safe and sane” seal only from June 28 until July 4 when fireworks are legal under Clark County code. Legal fireworks include sparklers and fireworks that keep to a small, circular area on the ground and don’t explode in the air. Illegal fireworks include firecrackers, roman candles, sky rockets – any item with highly combustible materials. No fireworks, including the safe and sane ones, are allowed on public lands.
  • If you are warned that a wildland fire is threatening your area, listen to your battery-operated radio for reports and evacuation information. Follow the instructions of local officials.

For more information about wildfire safety, visit Nevada’s “Living With Fire” website at www.livingwithfire.info.

 

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