St. James Village Residents Urged to be Ready for Fires

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With the Angora fire that destroyed hundreds of homes still in recent memory, some St. James Village residents wonder if something similar could happen in their community. They gathered Tuesday evening to learn more about preparing their homes from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

Home-owners were urged to have at least 30 feet of defensible space -- perhaps as much as 200 feet.

One proposed measure to protect St. James residents is a fire break. However, the St. James Village Maintenance Superintendent says there's not yet funding for it.

Officials also say the Galena area has some of the same fuels that burned in the devestating Waterfall Fire in Carson City.

A representative from the cooperative extension added in the 1990s more acres burned in Nevada than in the previous four decades combined -- A trend that could continue.

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