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The Nevada Fire Board of Directors (NFBOD) is established to provide oversight and direction for all interagency wildland fire management activities in Nevada.
Firefighter and public safety is our first priority in all fire management activities.
The NFBOD uses interagency working teams or groups as necessary to develop guidelines and procedures, and to oversee their implementation.
Fire Season Statistics This past fire season there were 452 wildland fires that burned 71,930 acres in the State of Nevada. The low acreage and the low number of fires was a result of weather patterns not producing thunderstorms and a low occurrence of lightning.
Weather and Climate in Nevada The NWS outlooks for May through July 2009 show a good chance of warmer than normal temperatures for the entire state. Precipitation outlooks has a slight chance of being below normal in the far north.
Cheatgrass thrives on disturbances like wildland fire. The more a landscape burns, the more dominant Cheatgrass becomes, thus more acres of land are converted over time.
2008 Fires in Nevada Continued cycle of brush conversion to Cheatgrass
Fire Behavior Concerns to Firefighters and Public
Fires in Nevada burn extremely fast and consume large acreages in a short time. These conditions are a result of flashy fine fuels like Cheatgrass growing between the larger fuels brush and timber. These conditions are extremely dangerous to the firefighters and public.
Local Government in Nevada Through the Statewide Fire Mutual Aid Plan
42 Fire Departments
33 Type I & II Structure Engines
30 Type III Brush Engines
18 Tactical Water Tenders
Bureau of Land Management • 170 Seasonal Personnel • 260 Permanent/Career Personnel • 2 Type I (Hotshot) Handcrew • 23 Fire Stations • 48 Heavy & Light Brush Engines • 5 Water Tenders • 3 Type III Helicopters • 4 Single Engine Air Tankers • 3 Air Support Platforms
...helping Nevadans live more safely with the threat of wildfire.
Research shows that how the house is built, the characteristics of the adjacent vegetation, and routine maintenance often determine which homes burn and which survive. The purpose of Living With Fire is to provide homeowners with wildfire threat reduction recommendations developed by Nevada's firefighting experts. This program also provides suggestions about what to do during and after a fire.