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Fire Safe Council offers advisory classes in Nevada County

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County is offering free defensible space advisory visits April 2 and 3.

Learn how to comply with defensible space laws in California and ensure properties will be insurable in the Wildland Urban Interface, which is most of Nevada County.

This program provides one-on-one consultation and advice at your home setting for comprehensive education on compliance with Public Resource Code 4291 — the law that requires defensible space around structures. PRC 4291 was expanded in 2005 from 30 feet to 100 feet of clearance.

With increased promotion of defensible space, many people were confused and had difficulty understanding what needed to be accomplished. The council implemented a volunteer advisory program with formal training by Cal Fire and local resources to provide an advisory visit that mirrored a compliance inspection without the threat of enforcement.

The program blossomed, as did the idea of getting neighbors and friends who may be embarrassed by the condition of their property to a hosted event at a nearby residence. This is similar to a Tupperware party in that the host invites people to learn about the concept of defensible space while comfortable in knowing that no one will be pointing out deficiencies on their property.

This has been a very powerful mechanism to gain support in communities as well as incite action as a whole with neighbors helping neighbors to improve the fire safe condition throughout the neighborhood.

Topics covered include what is the law regarding defensible space, what may landowners do to protect their homes from wildfire, how does defensible space affect the ability to obtain homeowner’s insurance and additional information and resources.

To register, call the council at 530-272-1122 or sign up online at

The Union staff

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