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Safety Day not just about wildfires

Members of the Citizens Emergency Response Team conducted their third annual Safety Day as part of Wildfire Awareness Month, but the day wasn’t just about wildfires.

Residents were able to view displays and participate in demonstrations on Saturday varying from the Care Flight helicopter crew to using a fire extinguisher to meeting the Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad robot.

The robot and helicopter were popular attractions for children while residents soaked up sun and information about resources available in Douglas County.

May was proclaimed Wildfire Awareness Month by Douglas County commissioners and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension had their ember house on display at the event held in Lampe Park in Gardnerville.

According to the Living With Fire Web site, defensible space is a key ingredient in protecting lives and property in a wildfire.

The ember house is a beanbag toss game that shows how open garbage cans and rain gutters filled with pine needles can be set ablaze by embers from a nearby fire.