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Posted on: May 9, 2023

[ARCHIVED] May 2023 is Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month in Nye County

On May 2nd, the Board of County Commissioners proclaimed May to be Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month, highlighting that "residents need to work together to prepare their homes and communities to survive wildfire and commit to becoming fire adapted." 

Emergency Management Director Scott Lewis presented the proclamation to the Commissioners on behalf of the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Fish and Wildlife, and University of Nevada, Reno Extension. 

"This proclamation is a joint effort between multiple agencies," said Lewis, who is also Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Chief. "We feel it is a very important message to have a partnership in preparedness so that we can have the best outcomes during any wildland event." 

Agenda item video clip

Hayley Maio, Extension Educator with the University of Nevada, Reno Extension, said that the organization has a "living with fire program" for area residents.

"This year's message is 'Protect Our Home, Prepare for Wildfire,'" she told the Commission, adding the Extension offers programs where residents "can learn various ways to be prepared and protect yourself." 

The Extension, the Bureau of Land Management, the Nevada Division of Forestry, and the US Forest Service help support the statewide livingwithfire.com website, a site managed by the University Extension.

Nevada Division of Forestry Wildfire Prevention page

FEMA's Protect Your Property From Wildfires brochure (pdf)

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