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Fire Safe Council of Nevada County announces award recipients

Submitted to The Union

The public is invited to join the Fire Safe Council in honoring those who have dedicated their time and energy to help make our community safer from wildfire.

The Nevada County Roads Department has been selected as Public Partner of the Year. With a focus on ingress and egress for emergency response and citizen evacuation, many Fire Safe projects and accomplishments would be much more costly and difficult were it not for Nevada County Roads' ongoing support.

Randy and Karabeth Hodges of Humpty Dumpty Kitchen in Grass Valley were chosen as Private Partner of the Year. Humpty Dumpty Kitchen has hosted an annual Spaghetti Feed fundraiser, raising thousands of dollars for wildfire prevention programs in the community. Their personal dedication to support the Fire Safe Council is above and beyond what the council typically receives from local businesses.

Sharon Beckenbach from North San Juan was selected as the Volunteer of the Year. She has been a regular volunteer in the office for several years providing extraordinary service on a variety of programs and grant administration. Her skills, hard work and warm personality are an asset to the council and community.

The Tahoe-Donner Association and its Registered Professional Forester, Bill Houdyschell has been named Firewise Community of the Year, retained this recognition since 2010. Their department has implemented defensible space inspections and forest health education on all properties since the Angora Fire in 2007. They continue to provide educational outreach and physical vegetation management services.

The awards will be presented during the 10th Annual Culinary Adventure event Friday at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City.

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The Culinary Adventure starts at 6 p.m. and includes culinary dishes from Japan, Italy and France. Local fine wines from Nevada City Winery and Sierra Star Winery as well as craft brews from ol' Republic Brewery and Three Forks Brewery Company are available. All proceeds from the silent auction and raffle benefit local fire prevention programs. For more information about the Fire Safe Council or the Culinary Adventure, visit the FSCNC website at or call 530-272-1122.

The Fire Safe Council is a nonprofit, local volunteer based organization dedicated to making Nevada County safer from catastrophic wildfire through fire prevention education, fire break clearing projects and creating nationally recognized Firewise Communities USA.

Source: Fire Safe Council

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