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Wildfire Summit Held at Grand Sierra Resort

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Last year's Caughlin Fire is being used as an example as fire experts hold their annual summit in Reno where crews are learning how to prevent a similar disaster.

People still remember the Caughlin and Washoe Drive Fires that tore through neighborhoods.

We talked to one woman who will never forget the morning she had to evacuate, as her home filled with smoke from the Caughlin Fire.

"The winds were insane and it's definitely no a time when you'd expect a fire, but then I think you forget about the other things that come along with it, which is there was no power so we couldn't see and then I had an eight year-old with a 104-degree temperature."

Yolanda Orgtega-Gammill was one of the lucky ones. Her home was spared during the Caughlin Fire.

But dozens of other homeowners were not as lucky.

Today homeowners and fire agencies got together at the "Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Summit" at the Grand Sierra Resort to talk about fire danger and defensible space.

Nevada is dealing with drought conditions in all 17 counties, and officials say preparing your property for fire is important.

"As you get ready to prepare your house for winter and you're cleaning up your yard, pay attention to leaves and pine needles in your gutters. Clean the debris away from under your decks and from the house. Give yourself that defensible space," says Nevada Fire Marshal Peter Mulvihill.

The Fire Summit is a chance for homeowners and fire officials to compare notes and plan strategies for future wildfires.

It's going on Tuesday as well at the Grand Sierra Resort.

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