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Reno Fire Dept. Encourages Residents to Create Defensible Space

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From the Reno Fire Department:

The Reno Fire Department is stressing the importance of residents creating defensible space around their homes to lessen the threat of wildfires.

"Mitigating hazards to reduce the wildland fire threat in our urban community is essential," advises Interim Reno Fire Marshal Dave Cochran. "It's been shown that homes with adequate defensible space are more likely to survive a wildland fire."

Defensible Space is the area around your home where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the fire threat. The size of a home's defensible space varies, depending upon property size, location, and topography. Sometimes, a defensible space is simply a homeowner's properly maintained backyard. Other property owners might need to provide more than 200 feet of defensible space around their property. Defensible space increases public safety and firefighter safety by reducing the potential intensity of a wildland interface fire, slow the movement of wildfires into or out of the open space thus providing control opportunity for firefighters, and improve access for fire apparatus and personnel into and out of the open space.

The Reno Fire Department would like to encourage residents to create a defensible space around their home. Residents can do this by implementing the three "R's" into their landscaping design:

• Removal: Remove dead or flammable vegetation.

• Reduction: Reduce vegetation by pruning or mowing. Providing space between plants and trees removes the continuous fuel bed that might otherwise exist throughout your yard. The more continuous and dense the vegetation is in your yard, the greater the wildfire threat to your home

• Replacement: Replace flammable vegetation with less hazardous choices. Shorter plants are better than taller plants, and non-woody plants are better than evergreens or junipers.

For more information about fire safety, defensible space, or to learn how to request permission to create defensible space on public property surrounding your home contact the Reno Fire Department at 775.334.2300

From the Reno Fire Department

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