U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
 
Elko Field Office
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CONTACTS: Jack Conner, Information Officer or Jason Winston, Team Leader
                   National Wildland Fire Prevention Team, Phone: 775-635-4000
                   Mike Brown (775) 753-0386 or Keven Hall (775) 777-6629


Homeowners Urged to Create Defensible Space Around Their Property

Elko, Nevada – Federal land management agencies, Nevada Division of Forestry, and Volunteer Fire Departments in northern and central Nevada, are urging homeowners who live in or near wildlands to act now to protect their homes from wildland fires. Home and business owners are also encouraged to create a fire safe council in their area, assisting their community to apply for federal grant money to pay for fire mitigation efforts. If interested, please contact the Nevada Fire Safe Council at (775) 884-4455.

The destructive potential of wildland fires has increased dramatically this year following heavy snow fall and accumulations coupled with heavy spring rains. The near
unprecedented growth of grasses, like cheatgrass and red brome, has created fire situations not seen before. Homeowners who spend the time and energy to make their homes “fire safe” will not only reduce the risk of wildfires destroying their home, but will also make it easier and safer for firefighters to protect the home in a fire event.

Here are things that homeowners can do to reduce fire hazards on their property:

• Clear all grasses like cheatgrass and red brome as well as brush from within 30 feet of houses and other structures. Remove the grass do not burn it! The 30 foot
clearance will reduce the chance of a wildfire igniting your home and provide a safety zone or “defensible space” for firefighters to work.

• Keep the area lean, clean and green throughout the fire season, break up continuous layers of vegetation, use fire resistant plants where possible.

• Make sure Liquefied Petroleum Gas Tanks (LPG) have a 10 foot clearance of flammable vegetation.

• Make sure all flammable materials, including firewood, is kept away from all buildings.

• Keep a connected garden hose with spray nozzle attached in case there is an accidental fire start.


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Last updated: 04-07-2008