Fire Abatement in Carson City

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It's being called a model home for defensible space, and on Saturday the public was invited to take a tour.

JoAnne Skelly from The UNR Cooperative Extension tells home-owners how to eliminate fuel for wildfires. Having defensible space around your home is something Carson City's Fire Chief says, often makes the difference.

A message people in the Lakeview area take to heart. The 2004 Waterfall fire destroyed 17 homes and burned about 87-hundred acres in the region. But experts say by doing some landscaping, you may stop fire from spreading to your house.

The model yard was filled with overgrown evergreen bushes, but now plants and trees have space between them. Skelly says green plants have taken over where junipers once dropped dry needles. And at one time, tall plants were close to the home, and now the landscape has been changed.

The Fire Chief says during wildland fires, homes without that defensible space take more resources and may be harder to protect. Skelly wants residents to know not only how critical defensible space can be, but that it doesn't have to be unattractive.

The owner of the model home won the defensible home contest, and the University of Nevada, Reno helped with that landscaping.

The fire chief says it cost about $3,000 to make the improvements on the roughly two-acre property.

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Joe Harrington, KOLO 8 News Now

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