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Wildfire education effort receives grant

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Zephyr Cove is one of five communities to receive project funding from State Farm Insurance to support National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday

Zephyr Cove Community Leader Ann Grant was one of 150 residents nationwide to receive a $500 grant from the insurance company.

Grant is working with the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District and volunteers from Douglas County Community Emergency Response Team and Whittell High School to distribute educational information and answer questions about defensible space and other wildfire preparedness concerns, according to the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

Participants can also sign up for free defensible space evaluations and chipping services. Representatives will be on hand outside of the Zephyr Cove Post Office from 12:30-3 p.m. Saturday with information.

The grants are designed to help prevent loss of life, property and natural resources to wildfire.

In all 420 applicants provided a brief description of their proposed projects, and how the State Farm award will fund the projects. Descriptions included how groups or individuals will work toward reducing the risk of wildfire or impact of a recent fire, and/or advance preparedness for wildfire in the community. The Living With Fire Program, a collaborative effort of local, state and federal firefighting agencies led by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, assisted the Nevada applicants, as part of Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month.

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"Living With Fire was glad to assist some of the winners with their applications or events, and we're excited to see these leaders taking steps to reduce the risk of wildfire in their communities," said Nevada Cooperative Extension Living With Fire Co-Director Sonya Sistare. "Many of them are involved in our collaborative Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities effort that seeks to put Nevadans living in high fire-hazard communities in touch with the resources they need to work toward becoming fire adapted."

The Nevada winners include Palomino Valley Auxiliary Fire Volunteer Cathy Glatthar, Lakeview Community resident D. Marie Bresch from Carson City, Rivermount Park Resident Sue Markert from Reno and Woodminster Community resident Patricia Owens from Incline Village.

The Lakeview community is working with the Carson City Fire Department to host a community clean-up day 7 a.m. to 2 p/m. Residents in the community who schedule in advance will be provided free curbside pickup of their pine needles, cones, branches and other vegetation. A community appreciation picnic will follow.

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is part of activities for Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month, a collaborative effort of local, state and federal firefighting agencies; University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Living With Fire program; and many others. This year's message is "Wildfire! Prepare. Anticipate. Evacuate." to encourage residents of Nevada's wildfire-prone communities to prepare their homes and families for wildfire, anticipate environmental conditions and take precautions on red flag warning days, and evacuate quickly when asked by emergency responders.

For more information on Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month events and for information on how to reduce the wildfire threat, visit http://www.LivingWithFire.info or contact Sistare at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, sistares@unce.unr.edu or 775-336-0271.