In the aftermath of the latest devastating wildfires in Southern California, firefighters are taking note of why some houses burned and others, sometimes next door, survived. Some things we might not think of allow wind blown embers to enter a home. for example, under eave vents and dog doors take advantage of extreme pressure differences in a firestorm and can suck embers in igniting the house from the inside.
This is an interesting article from the Christian Science Monitor examining the issue.
The local defensible space website is here:
From the Nevada Dept. of Conservation website:
The Bureau of Land Management, the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the Nevada Division of Forestry announced today the lifting of western Nevada fire restrictions that have been in place since July 1, 2008.
Restrictions will expire at 12:01a.m., October 6, 2008. Southern Nevada fire restrictions were lifted effective today.
Decreasing daily sunlight, increased fuel moisture levels and cooler temperatures are allowing the agencies to lift fire restrictions. Vegetation remains flammable, though, even though cooler weather is approaching.
Campers wishing to build campfires on Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest must have a campfire permit.
Recreationists still need to be fire safe with all outdoor activities, including insuring that their campfires are completely put out. Target practice, riding motorcycles/ATVs without a spark arrester and careless smoking can all cause unwanted wildfires. The use of propane stoves versus campfires and charcoal grill fires is preferred in these dry conditions.
Open burning on private land still requires a permit from local fire departments.
For more information, please contact the BLM-Carson City Field Office at 775-885-6000, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest at 775-882-2766 or the Nevada Division of Forestry at 775-684-2500.
KTVN- TV just reported the fire at the east end of Cottontail in New Washoe City up in the hills has been held to about 4 acres and is under control.
“A small vegetation fire on the east side of Washoe Valley was quickly brought under control Monday afternoon by firefighters from Reno and Carson City.
The two-acre blaze, thought to be the result of a lightning strike, was reported about 2:56 p.m. on Bureau of Land Management property near the end of Cottontail Lane, Sierra Front Coordinator Ronna Hubbard said. No structures were threatened. About five fire vehicles staged near Washoe Lake and had the fire contained, although it continued to burn as of 4 p.m., she said.
“It’s laying down pretty good,” she said. “Access has been a little tricky, but they’re on top of it.”
RGJ reported on their site that at 3:13pm a brush fire has been reported near Washoe City in the vicinity of Todd court in the north valley. Now, at 3:43pm I can see no smoke fom my location in New Washoe City.