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AmeriCorps aids in Nevada County fire prevention efforts

The Union staff

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Amid an early and dry summer that has seen an over-abundance of fire activity, a team from AmeriCorps' National Civilian Community Corps has made its way to Grass Valley and is undertaking fire prevention work until May 25.

The team received specialized wildland fire management training and has joined forces with the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County in its Special Needs Assistance Program. Team members will also remove Scotch broom and complete a fuel break. As a part of the Firewise community action plan, the fuel break will be done behind the Deer Creek Park community on Red Dog Road.

Since the beginning of the year, Cal Fire has responded to more than 680 wildfires, which is more than 200 above the average for this time of year, according to a Wednesday news release

The Fire Safe Council is a nonprofit organization that aims to reduce the risk of life and property loss from wildfire through a wide range of landowner assistance programs, services and community fuels reduction projects. The SNAP program helps low-income seniors and the disabled achieve their 100 feet of defensible space free of charge.

"Our project in Nevada County is exceptionally important because we are helping residents to protect their homes and, by extension, their lives," said Corps member Tajin Perez in a statement. "Because of this, I want to work extra hard in protecting the residents of Nevada County from the real dangers of wildland fires."

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