U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
 
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DATE: May 15, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386
Email: mbrown@nv.blm.gov
ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2007-66

Agencies Focus on Homeowner Safety During Nevada Wildland Fire Awareness Week

ELKO, NV. – As part of Nevada Wildland Fire Awareness Week from May 19th-25th, the Elko Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be conducting public outreach to inform homeowners of what they can do to prepare their homes and property for the upcoming fire season.

On Saturday May 26th 10 am to 2 pm, an informational booth hosted by the Elko BLM and local cooperating agencies such as the Nevada Division of Forestry, Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, and Elko Fire Department will be set up at the Elko Home Depot. Firefighters will be available to answer questions and pass out information relating to steps that the proactive homeowner can take to prepare their homes before the threat of fire season is here. The booth will have occasional visits by Smokey Bear and firefighters will be available to answer questions that concerned citizens have regarding the upcoming fire season.

According to BLM Elko Fire Prevention Specialist Dylan Rader there are many things homeowners can do to make their homes safer from the threat of wildfire. They can create a defensible space in the area immediately surrounding their homes, clear away dead and dry vegetation, replace wood-shake roofs with tile roofs, and much more. There are videos, DVDs, handouts and other materials available to homeowners and groups wanting more information.

Go to www.livingwithfire.com or call University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, (775) 784-4848, for more information on Nevada Wildland Fire Awareness Week and protecting your home from the threat of wildfire. For people interested in obtaining a copy of the Great Basin Version of Living With Fire - A Guide for the Homeowner, free copies are available from the front desk of the Elko BLM Field Office located at 3900 East Idaho Street in Elko.

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