Three new board members have been seated on the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County.
Dennis Cassella was director of general services for Nevada County from 1985 to 2003. In 1988, emergency services was added to department, and Cassella managed 10 declared emergencies in the county during his tenure.
Rick Nolle is a real estate broker, chairman of a citizens committee for the Penn Valley Fire Protection District and president of the Penn Valley Rotary Club.
Robert Ingram is a forester with Sierra Pacific Industries. He worked with the California Department of Forestry as a fireman and with Southern Pacific Land Co. as a forester.
The council operates a free chipping program for people who have cleared defensible space around their homes. In addition, the council is involved in fuel reduction projects providing fire breaks and clearing for evacuation routes.
Burn pile hours unrestricted
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit gave out erroneous burning hours when lifting the burn pile suspension last week for unincorporated areas.
Daily burn hours are actually unrestricted unless otherwise specified on the Burn Day Information Line, which is (530) 274-7928 in Nevada County.
Permits for burn pile fires can be obtained at CDF fire stations free of charge. The following are burn pile guidelines:
• Make sure it is a permissive burn day by calling the information line.
• Piles must be 4 feet or less in diameter and only contain dry vegetation.
• Provide a 10-foot area free of flammable materials and vegetation around all burn piles.
• An adult must stay in attendance of the fire at all times with a shovel and water supply.
• Do not burn on warm or windy days.
• Use of burn barrels or burning of household waste is no longer allowed.
– The Union Staff
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