This year's wildland fire season may be on the wane in northern Nevada, but crews already are looking ahead to next summer.
The Sierra Fire Protection District Battalion is launching two wildland fuel-reduction projects starting today in the Mount rose and Galena Creek area.
Crews hope to reduce fuels on open space near Rolling Hills and Galena Forest Estates.
The goal is to provide a fuel break and better access for firefighting equipment and personnel to fight wildfires in the area.
Today's project in the Rolling Hills subdivision will involve mechanical thinning of brush in the common areas and surrounding open space where the unnatural build-up of fuels increases wildfire risk.
The second project along Galena Creek in the Galena Forest Estates also will reduce fuels along Galena Creek.
Crews there will use hand tools and mechanical equipment.