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Greater Alta Sierra community receives national Firewise award

The Greater Alta Sierra Community has been recognized as a Firewise Communities/USA site by the National Fire Protection Association for their efforts to reduce the vulnerability of homes and landscape to wildfire.

The award will be presented at noon Saturday, at the Alta Sierra Pizza & Grill’s lower parking area at the corner of Highway 49 and Alta Sierra Drive. In the event of rain, the celebration will be conducted at Fire Station 88, located at Highway 49 and LaBarr Meadows Road.

The public is invited to attend the occasion, which will include the children’s education trailer from Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, appearances by Smokey Bear, demonstrations on the proper use of a fire extinguisher and information on how to prepare your home and family for emergencies, including wildfire. Free drawings will be held throughout the event for haircuts from The Clip Shop, Fire Safe T-shirts and Smokey Bear items.

“The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County is proud to have partnered with the Greater Alta Sierra community with education and programs to help them earn this prestigious recognition of their efforts to create a more fire safe environment,” said Fire Safe Council Executive Director Joanne Drummond. “We encourage all communities in Nevada County to become more fire safe through a collaborative community effort.”

Guest speakers include Nevada County Consolidated Fire Chief David Ray, Nevada County Supervisor Ed Scofield, Alta Sierra Property Owners Vice President Lee French and Greater Alta Sierra Firewise Community Chairman Peter Beesley.

The Greater Alta Sierra Firewise Community has also been working on the ground to mitigate wildfire. This spring, two projects helped reduce the wildfire hazard with a third being implemented currently. The first two projects were conducted on the Adam Ryan Preserve owned by the Bear Yuba Land Trust at the corner of Alta Sierra Drive and Dog Bar Road. The Bureau of Land Management is now working on reducing hazardous wildfire fuels on its property behind homes on George Way. The Firewise Community Wildfire Hazard Assessment was instrumental in focusing these efforts. To view the assessment and community action plan, visit

“We encourage all communities in Nevada County to become more fire safe through a collaborative community effort.”
— Fire Safe Council Executive Director Joanne Drummond

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