Fire Chief Ryan Sommers on Wildfire Season


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It is July and the West Coast Fire Season is nigh. Everyone in the Reno area is well aware of the worsening fires in the Sierras and the effects they have on the region. Destroyed and endangered homes, loss of precious forests, and smoke that severely impacts our daily lives and health across the region.

Fire Chief Ryan Sommers of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District joined the podcast this week to talk about fire season and the work he and other firefighters do to prepare and respond, the challenges they face, how the various departments work together, communicating with the public in emergencies, how people can help when a fire breaks out, and much more.

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