Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wildfire Awareness Half Marathon

A Nevada Division of Forestry helicopter drops water to signal the start of Washoe County’s Wildfire Awareness Run . Source: Carsonnow.org
What a fantastic way to engage communities in wildfire awareness education and raise money for a worthy cause.  The folks at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Living With Fire Program are always finding creative ways to bring important messaging to the public.

In collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada State Parks and Desert Sky Adventures, they hosted a half marathon and 5k run to raise $15,000 for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.  The courses ran participants through some of Nevada's most infamous wildfire fuels, such as big sagebrush, bitterbrush, cheatgrass and rabbitbrush - including previous fire scars from 2006 and 2014 fires.  See vid and more about the event  here



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