Summit Impact Report September 2007 Summit Impact Report An evaluation of the 2007 Nevada Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Summit Submitted by: Ed Smith, Natural Resource Specialist Sonya Sistare, Living With Fire Program Coordinator Submitted to: Everell “Butch” Hayes, Deputy State FMO Nevada State Office, Bureau of Land Management September 2007 BLM Assistance Agreement FAA010032 The University of Nevada, Reno is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation in any program or activity it operates. The University of Nevada employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Summit Impact Report In 2001, a list of over 250 Nevada communities that were vulnerable to wildfire and located near federal lands was published in the Federal Register (66 FR 160). The Nevada Fire Safe Council, with funding from the Nevada State Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), retained the services of Resource Concepts, Inc. to conduct an assessment of the wildfire threat to these communities. As a result of this effort, 68 communities were rated as “extreme” or “high” wildfire hazard. Assisted by grant funds from BLM, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension coordinated an interagency effort to promote actions that would reduce the wildfire hazard ratings to these 68 communities. Organizations involved in the planning included: Bureau of Land Management Division of Emergency Management Elko County Kingsbury General Improvement District Nevada Association of Counties Nevada Division of Forestry Nevada Fire Safe Council Nevada Tahoe Conservation District North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Reno Fire Department Reno Gazette-Journal Sierra Front Wildfire Coordinators State Fire Marshal’s Office USDA Forest Service University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Washoe County This effort, entitled the “2007 Nevada Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Summit”, was conducted on September 26, 2007 at the Regional Public Safety Training Facility in Reno, Nevada. The purpose of the summit was to invite representatives from the extreme and high wildfire hazard communities, fire service personnel responsible for those communities, county managers, and others to discuss how the wildfire risk factors could be reduced and to promote action at the local level. Specifically, the summit participants were asked to respond to the following statement: “Determine a process to organize people and resources to reduce the extreme and high wildfire threats to our neighborhoods and communities.” This report summarizes the results of the summit. Summit Planning Committee Elizabeth Ashby, Division of Emergency Management Cynthia Bagley, Division of Emergency Management Kelli Baratti, Nevada Division of Forestry Beth Brady, USDA Forest Service Sheri Eklund-Brown, Elko County Lori DeGristina, State Fire Marshal Office Mike Dondero, Nevada Division of Forestry John Ellison, Nevada Association of Counties Steve Frady, Reno Fire Department Vinson Guthreau, Nevada Association of Counties Ruta Glinski, Bureau of Land Management Ann Grant, Nevada Fire Safe Council Butch Hayes, Bureau of Land Management JoAnne Hill, Nevada Fire Chiefs Association Mike Havercamp, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Ronna Hubbard, Sierra Front Wildfire Coordinators Jack Jacobs, Nevada Tahoe Conservation District Kacey KC, Nevada Division of Forestry Kurt Latipow, Washoe County Andrew List, Nevada Fire Safe Council Dave Marlow, USDA Forest Service Doug Martin, Nevada Tahoe Conservation District Greg McKay, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Elwood Miller, Nevada Fire Safe Council Pat Murphy, Nevada Fire Safe Council Sevil Omer, Reno Gazette-Journal Kim Otero, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Joan Presley, Reno Fire Department Greg Reed, Kingsbury Grade General Improvement District Janice Roberts, Nevada Fire Safe Council Jill Sarick, Nevada Tahoe Conservation District Marty Scheuerman, Reno Fire Department Sonya Sistare, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Ed Smith, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Rob Stokes, Elko County Valerie Sweetland, USDA Forest Service Norb Szczurek, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Greg Vergari, USDA Forest Service Mike Wilde, USDA Forest Service Key Results • 129 people attended • 11 of Nevada’s 17 counties were represented • 34% of the participants were community representatives • 22 different entities were represented • 32 (47%) of the 68 “extreme” or “high” hazard communities were represented • Overwhelmingly, community representatives indicated as a result of the Summit, they had a better understanding of the wildfire threat to their community, are more aware of the people and resources that can assist them in reducing the wildfire threat, and plan to take some form of action when they return home • More than 90% of the participants thought the Summit was held at a convenient time of year and that it should be an annual event • 93% of the participants were familiar with the Living With Fire materials • Top three suggestions for getting better attendance from community representatives were more promotion of the event through the media and newsletters, personal and multiple contacts, and changing the location • Top three things that participants liked about the summit were everything, networking, and the information presented • Top three things that participants did not like were not enough question and answer opportunities, too few breaks, and panel discussions were too long • Additional comments included good job, thank you, and provide handouts • Overall, on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being “no” and 5 being “yes”, the conference was rated 4.8 in terms of being worthwhile Summary of Summit Participant Demographics Total Number of Summit Participants: 129 Summit Participants by County Carson City 18 Clark 14 Douglas 32 Elko 10 Eureka 3 Humboldt 2 Lander 2 Lincoln 5 Nye 1 Storey 3 Washoe 33 Out-of-state 6 Summit Representatives Bureau of Land Management 11 Community Representative 44 County Government 7 Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 1 Division of Emergency Management 2 Fire District/Department 18 Guest 1 Kingsbury Grade Improvement District 1 Nevada Association of Counties 2 Nevada Division of Forestry 10 Nevada Fire Chiefs Association 1 Nevada Fire Safe Council 5 Nevada Insurance Council 1 Nevada Tahoe Conservation District 1 NorthTree International 2 Reno Gazette Journal 1 Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators 1 State Fire Marshal’s Office 2 Tahoe Regional Planning Agency 1 USDA Forest Service 10 University of Nevada Cooperative Extension 6 Washoe Tribe 1 Extreme and High Wildfire Hazard Communities Represented at the Summit (shown in bold): 32 Carson City County Lander County Clear Creek Austin Kingston Clark County Cold Creek Lincoln County Kyle Canyon Eagle Valley/Ursine Lee Canyon Mt. Wilson Mountain Springs Pioche/Caselton Heights Nelson Torino Ranch Lyon County Trout Canyon Silver City Churchill County Mineral County Eastgate Marietta Douglas County* Nye County Bodie Flats Belmont China Springs Ione Fish Springs Manhattan Genoa Holbrook Junction Pershing County Job’s Peak Ranch Humboldt North Foothill Road Corridor Unionville Pine Nut Creek Sheridan Acres Storey County Spring Valley/Double Springs Gold Hill Topaz Ranch Estates Virginia City Virginia Highlands Elko County Adobe Heights Washoe County* Adobe Ranchos Antelope Valley Contact Hungry Valley Deeth/Starr Valley Mount Rose Corridor Jarbidge Rancho Haven Jiggs/Smith Creek Red Rock Lamoille Warm Springs Valley Lee/South Fork Indian Reservation Washoe Valley West Lucky Nugget I & II Midas White Pine County Mountain City Cherry Creek Osino Ruby Valley Indian Allotments Lake Tahoe Basin Ruby Lake Estates Cave Rock/Skyland Ten Mile Chimney Rock Tuscarora Crystal Bay/Incline Village Elk Point/Zephyr Heights/Round Hill Eureka County Glenbrook Eureka Kingsbury Logan Shoals Humboldt County Fort McDermitt *Except Lake Tahoe Basin communities. Summary of Responses to the Summit Evaluation Form Total number of responses: 72 Which category best describes your role in this Summit? (72 responses) a. Resident of an Extreme/High Hazard Community 43% b. Fire Service responsible for an Extreme/High Hazard Community 24% c. County Manager or designee 4% d. Summit presenter 7% e. Guest 11% f. Other 11% Residents of Extreme/High Hazard Communities responded to the following questions: As a result of attending this Summit, do you have a better understanding of the wildfire threat to your community? (31 responses) Yes 89% No 11% As a result of this Summit, are you more aware of the people and resources that can assist your community in reducing the wildfire threat? (35 responses) Yes 100% No 0% When you return home, do you plan to take some sort of action (tell neighbors, help organize a meeting, find out about becoming a fire safe council chapter) to address the wildfire threat to your community? (34 responses) Yes 94% No 3% Not Applicable 3% All parties responded to the following questions: Was the timing of the Summit convenient to your schedule? (65 responses) Yes 92% No 8% If no, please indicate another month: February/March =1, April=1, May=2, During NWFAW=1, June =1, November =1 Do you think this Summit should be held annually and report on the progress being made in reducing the wildfire threat to Extreme/High Hazard Communities? (66 responses) Yes 98% No 0% Don’t Know 2% Were you familiar with the Living With Fire materials prior to coming to the Summit? (67 responses) Yes 93% No 7% What could be done to get more community representatives to attend? (51 responses) More promotion of the Summit with the media and newsletters 20% Personal contact/Multiple contact 18% Change location (Elko, rurals, Tahoe, etc) 10% Hold it on weekend or evening 8% Offer perks for attending (raffle, grant dollars, free crew, etc.) 6% Hold multiple regional meetings 6% Holding an annual summit will generate more participants 6% Don’t know 6% Invite others (CABs, chapter leaders, moderate communities) 6% Have more fires 2% You got a good turnout 2% Quality of people, not quantity is important 2% Start a NFSC Chapter 2% Pay for travel 2% Promote through church and other community groups 2% Embarrass them 2% What did you like most about the Summit? (103 responses) It was all good, nothing wrong 17% Networking, interaction, leads 17% Information presented 13% Well organized 8% All the stakeholders were present 8% Presenters 8% Break out sessions 8% Elwood 3% Food and service 3% Sonya 2% Aden Seidlitz and Cathy Scofield’s presentation 2% Providing hope 2% Hearing about funding sources 2% How agencies can help 1% Sound system 1% State Fire Marshal’s presentation 1% 10 minute rule for speakers 1% Insurance presentation 1% Dispelling that government agencies are the enemy 1% Hearing concerns directly from the community members 1% What did you dislike or want to see changed if there’s another Summit? (35 responses) Not enough questions and answers, interaction 23% Breaks (more and earlier) 11% Panel discussions too long 11% Facilities (split room, audio-visual) 11% Agency representatives not participating in group discussions 9% Breakout sessions too long 6% Lack of directions to the facility 6% Too many acronyms 3% Need to advertise the Summit better 3% More fire chiefs should be present 3% Too many agency people, not enough community people 3% Not all panelists addressed how they could help communities 3% Lack of concrete solutions 3% Legislative Council Bureau should be here 3% Breakout session dedicated to funding 3% Any additional feedback you want to pass on to the Summit organizers? (49 responses) Good job 14% Thank you 10% Include handouts of presentations and what agencies do 10% Next Summit needs to present success stories 8% Sonya rocks! 6% Beautiful portfolio and pen, thank you BLM 4% Monitor progress in reducing community hazard ratings 4% Reno Gazette Journal coverage was great 4% Provide Summit summaries to participants 2% Make mandatory for local fire officials to attend 2% Good topic development 2% I-80 corridor fire activity should be addressed 2% Reno City Council should be here 2% Very comfortable environment 2% How do you fix homeowner apathy 2% Create a unified lobbying effort for funds 2% Change to Monday 2% Need more elected officials in attendance 2% Appreciate the positive, upbeat message 2% Use the lapel microphone 2% Appreciate promotion of the Nevada Fire Safe Council 2% Hope the Summit continues to grow 2% Great fire department turnout, hope they want to partner 2% Make the Summit an annual event 2% Very enjoyable and informative 2% Good to see Elwood 2% Thank you for caring about our beautiful state 2% Ed needs a coat and tie 2% Overall, on a scale of one to five (with one being a definite “No” and 5 being an absolute “Yes”) was the Summit worth attending? (Circle one) 1 2 3 (2 Responses) 4 (10 responses) 5 (50 responses) No Yes 4.8 Weighted Average Participants & guests Breakout group participants using their Community Overview Community member presents highlights for her group Community Reports Antelope Valley Antelope Valley Vision (Key Words and Phrases) Belmont, Eureka and Kingston China Springs Youth Camp/Bodie Flats Clear Creek-Carson City Fish Springs/Pine Nut Creek Jacks Valley and North Foothill Road Jobs Peak Ranch/Sheridan Kyle Canyon, Cold Creek Kyle Canyon Vision (Key Words and Phrases) Lake Tahoe Basin Lee/ South Fork Indian Reservation Lida, Esmeralda County Lincoln County, Pioche Area Midas Mt. Rose Corridor Mt. Rose Corridor Vision Mt. Rose Corridor Vision (Key Words and Phrases) Red Rock/Hungry Valley/Bridal Path Red Rock/Hungry Valley/Bridal Path Vision (Key Words and Phrases) ROWE Storey County Ten Mile TRE Unidentified Community Antelope Valley First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: Maps, water safety, Pro/Cons NFSC, Are we safe?, Available Resources—city/county cooperation, Education/Awareness Key People: Owners, Interagency Representatives ( N VFSC, Reno Fire, Washoe County, Sierra Front, City Council ) Other Communities: Yes, Red Rock and Hungry Valley Promotion: Phone, mail outs, Public Announcement, newspaper, TV, Radio Location: Community Center, Large facility, Church, School, Weekday evening, 30-60 days out Leadership: Community Leaders, ( before election) , Homeowners Antelope Valley Vision ( K ey Words and Phrases ) • NVFSC • Education-organization • Interagency Cooperation • Community-building a strong sense Belmont, Eureka and Kingston First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: Identify Hazards and risks Key People: Kingston: Fire Dept./Fire Council Belmont: Town Board/Fire Dept. Eureka: VFD/County Agent ( UNR ) Other Communities: Kingston, Belmont, Eureka, Beowawe, Crescent Valley Promotion: Flyers, mailers, town board meeting, word of mouth. Location: Fire station, town hall Leadership: Fire chief, county comm., October for all 1st meetings China Spring Youth Camp/ Bodie Flats First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: High Risk, fuels reduction, community involvement/ cooperation, fire prevention, education and aware- ness, identifying needs within the communities, possible funding, egress ( c syc ) Key People: Homeowners, landowners, BIA, Douglas County, EFFPD, BLM, USFS, Washoe Tribe Other Communities: Double Springs, Rhuenstroth, Dresslerville, Bodie Flats, Pineview Estates Promotion: Leaf-letting, door to door, Record Courier, NV Appeal, TRE website, county website, Public Access TV ( 16 ) Location: Initially China Spring Youth Camp ( t o become Fac. at alternate location ) volunteer station ( 10 ) Leadership: China Springs Staff to be determined following initial mtg. ( duties, responsibilities, coordinator, communications officer, finances, secretary ) Clear Creek– C arson City First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: Fuel Reduction South and West of Community Key People: USFS, Douglas County, Private Property Owners, Washoe Tribe, Pat Murphy Other Communities: Jacks Valley, Douglas County, Indian Hills, South- west Carson homes/businesses Promotion: Interaction Between Key People Location: Clear Creek Canyon or Fuji Park Leadership: Clear Creek Fire Safe Council Chapter Leader Fish Springs/Pine Nut Creek First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: Coop. HAZ MIT Key People: John Dicks, John Hanley, Terri Clark Other Communities: Pine Nut Creek ( has a chapter ) /Fish Springs Promotion: Call those interested, flyers, meeting, guest speaker, follow up, co-chairman Location: Fire Station-Fish Springs Leadership: Coop, co chairs/ start new chapter Jacks Valley and North Foothill Road First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: Awareness of Fire Danger, Accept owner responsi- bility of their property Key People: Chapter Leader, NV Fire Safe Countil Project Co- ordinator, NDF?, homeowner association ( s ) , USFS, NDOT?, EFF&PD? Other Communities: Cear Creek, Genoa Promotion: Door to door, reader board at school, peach sheets with students, Record Courier, NV Appeal Location: School Leadership: Chapter Leader, Project Coordinator Jobs Peak Ranch/Sheridan First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: Education, fuels reduction, maintenance of the fire breaks, water partnering w/cal fire and USFS to mitigate fire fuels in adjacent areas, participation in volunteer fire department Key People: NFSC Chapter Chairman and members, project managers, contractors Other Communities: Sheridan, Genoa, North Kingsbury, Sierra Country Estates, Whispering Pines Promotion: Email, phone, newspaper, posters, local TV spots Location: Local fire station Leadership: Chapter leader, Project Cordinator Kyle Canyon, Cold Creek First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: Meeting Purpose, Fire Risk/Hazard Chart, Pay Boxes Key People: Govt. Reps, homeowners, commercial property owners, VFD, Political liaisons Other Communities: Yes. NVFSC Rep to contact homeowners Promotion: Mailing, Flyers, E-Mail, Bulletin Board & Media Location: Private Home, Library, Fire House Leadership: NVFSC Chapter Leaders Kyle Canyon Vision ( K ey Words and Phrases ) • Leader • Date • Refreshments • Questionnaire • List • Meetings • Activities • New Resident Packets • NVFSC Project Coordinator • Raffles • Participations • Fire Dept TV Show ( Channel 4 ) Lake Tahoe Basin First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: 1 ) Enough planning 2 ) Develop an implementation team 3 ) Agency heads call for a unified command team to be composed of project management specialist 4 ) Project management specialist ( P MS ) create the specific action steps to be completed next year and in subsequent years 5 ) PMS gets funding, puts in flag lines, hires contractors, inspects work and moves on to the next year or they are fired. Key People: n/a Other Communities: n/a Promotion: n/a Location: n/a Leadership: n/a Lee/South Fork Indian Reservation First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: Street signs/addresses, fuels reduction, South Fork Subdiv., education, training on VFD equip., funding Key People: Neighbors/who can help, Band Council, BIA, community-neighbors that aren ’ t tribal, VFD ( Jiggs ) , BLM ( Dylan Rader) Other Communities: Jiggs Promotion: Newsletters, brochures, website, council meetings, postings Location: Community Admin Bldg. Leadership: Band Council Lida, Esmeralda County First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: Population 18, 6 residences, CWPP, Fire Safe Comm. Key People: Fire Chiefs, ECC, EMD Other Communities: Gold Field, Gold Point, Fish Lake Valley, Dyer, Silver Peak Promotion: Fire History Maps, Local Events, Living with Fire Location: Esmeralda County Goldfield Fire Station Leadership: Harriet Ealey, ECEM Kim Otero, FSC Mark B, NDF Chris, NDF When: Oct. 2007 Lincoln County, Pioche Area First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: 1-Fuels maintenance 2-Meeting outlining fire dangers, homeowner education on Defensible Space 3-Infrastructure/Personnel 3-Water Sources-Dry Hydrants Key People: Residents, Responders, County Planning, County Official ( Rhonda) , NDF, Chuck Reifsryder-Fire District Members Other Communities: Pioche, Mt. Wilson, Ursine, Eagle Valley, Castle- ton Heights, McDermitt, Communities designated as High/Extreme rating w/risk Hazard Assess- ment Promotion: Direct Contact, Sending Flyers, email blasts, phone tree, posted at post office Location: School multi-purpose room, Fire house, court house, town meeting hall. Leadership: Margie Gunn to organize meeting Fire District Members Now-Jan 2008 Midas First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: Reducing fuels at properties, proper road and house ID ( s treet & house signs ) , clear brush under power lines ( u tilities) , brush abatement on sides of city roads, turnarounds in roads Key People: Utility Company ( Sierra Pacific ) , Mine Rep, Midas homeowners/property, VFDS, Elko County Rep., NDOT/highway dept., NDF, BLM, NFSC Other Communities: Community that has decreased risk/success story to help. Send report or come to mtg. ( B elmont, Kingston, Manhattan ) Promotion: Mail, phone, email, face to face Location: Firehouse ( BLM) Leadership: Jim Schennum Mt. Rose Corridor First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: Communications, Clear Expectations, Education, Funding, Organization, Success Metrics Key People: See Chart Other Communities: No Promotion: Sign Board, Media, County Comm. Development, Mailers, Theme Meetings, Guest Speakers Location: S. Valleys Library Leadership: Nevada Firesafe Council w/help from local chap- ter leaders. Mt. Rose Corridor Vision Develop a linkage between fire agencies, HOAs, CABs, County Planning, Individual Fire Safe Council Chapters and non-represented residents under one master coordinating Fire Safe Council organization and develop a fuels management component to the county forest area plan that compli- ments land use. Coordinating Council CABs FSC JR WC UNRAP USFS NDF SFD Proj Proj Proj Mt. Rose Corridor Vision ( K ey Words and Phrases ) Goal—Initiate a process, Organize • Education • Unity • Pro-Active vs Reactive • Enforcement • Buy-in: county depts., media, landowners • Communication • Funding • Prioritize • Partnerships Red Rock/Hungry Valley/Bridal Path First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: Risk Value, Awareness of Risk, Goals Key People: Board of Directors, Local Fire Department, Law Other Communities: Initially own community, then others Promotion: Presentations of NVFSC, Fire Department- handouts, Food Location: Central to parcel. To take place within three months Leadership: Red Rock/Hungry Valley/Bridal Path Vision ( K ey Words and Phrases ) • Know the risks • Community awareness • ID Goals • Communication • Team Effort ROWE First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: Lack of street/road/address signs, improving Defens. space at properties, removing unneces- sary fuel ( b uildings/barns/etc. ) , reducing fuel on highway right of ways Key People: Prop owners/residents, 4-H kids, NFSC Other Communities: Ozino, White Rock, Elburz Promotion: Rydon Store/campground— advertise, person to person contact Location: Ryndon meeting place ( B ingo ) Leadership: Rowe NFSC chapter Storey County First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: How do you get community involvement How do you get community to understand fire danger Key People: NDF/Emergency Mgmt./County Rep./SCFD/ Community Members Other Communities: Outside communities needed for help with local participation issues Promotion: Most methods have been tried and have failed emails, media ads, postal, signs Location: County Courthouse, 2nd Wednesday Leadership: Ten Mile First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: Get community together, pros/cons, costs/ benefits, motivation, formation of Fire Safe Council Chapter, insurance benefits, costs/losses of fire, what can community do? Key People: Prop owners, businesses in comm., fire agencies ( B LM/NDF ) , insurance comp. Other Communities: Once group formalized Promotion: Public education, person to person contact, media Location: Private homes or fire station Leadership: ? TRE First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: Educate The Community That We Are High Risk Key People: Home Owners, Residents, Landowners, Fire Safe Council, Douglas County ( Fire Dept., Code En- forcement, Power Company, GID, BLM ) , Other Chapter Leaders Other Communities: Holbrook Junction ( e ast side only ) , Quail Run, Jack Wright ( American Way ) , Kyle Drive Promotion: Food with educational mtg., Presentation at Local Community Groups, Local Businesses, Distribution of Flyers on School Busses, Flyers, Mailers, Door to door, Location: Park Bldg. , guest speakers quarterly Leadership: Ginger Van Brunt, Ronna Hubbard, Betty Hinton- Rebiejo, Estelle Unidentified Community First Wildfire Action Group Meeting Plan Key Topics: Education Key People: Home/Landowners, Local Fire Dist., NFSC, federal/state agency ’ s, chapter leaders Other Communities: Geographic communities that meet Promotion: Food, door to door, mailers, newspaper, websites ( T RE ) Location: Community bldg., fire station, schools Leadership: Citizens who want to make a difference in their community.
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