Cooperative Extension was established in Placer and Nevada Counties in 1917. Our mission is to help all segments of the community benefit from the scientific advances in our nation's land grant universities, particularly in the areas of agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and youth development. Use the links above to learn more about the programs available through UCCE Placer Nevada.
Fire Preparedness for Livestock Operations
In recent weeks, Northern California counties have seen large fires in ranching country (the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite, the Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity counties, and the Mendocino Complex in Mendocino and Lake Counties). Each of these fires is a stark reminder that we live and raise livestock in a fire-prone landscape.
While nobody will ever be totally ready to cope with a wildfire in their area, prior preparation and planning can be a great line of defense in the case of fire. Planning is especially important for a commercial livestock operation. Writing down addresses where livestock are located, emergency phone numbers, evacuation routes and transportation options are a few ways you can help your family and ranching operation be ready. Livestock and Natural Resource Advisor Dan Macon addresses this planning process in more detail in recent blog posts including, Fire Preparation for Ranchers - Writing Down Your Plan.
Wildfire, obviously, is a significant threat in our region - and one that can be incredibly stressful to livestock and people alike. Preparation - though planning, improving our stockmanship skills, making our homes and ranches fire safe - can help reduce this stress for ranchers. For more information, check out these resources: