Greater Alta Sierra Firewise hosts community education day |

Greater Alta Sierra Firewise hosts community education day

Guests at the 2014 Firewise Education Day event lear about fire extinguisher maintenance and operation from Zac Witter of the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District.
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The public is invited to learn whether they are truly prepared for a wildfire in Nevada County at a free community event Saturday.

The Greater Alta Sierra Firewise Community, Alta Sierra Property Owner’s Association, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County and Nevada County Consolidated Fire District are partnering to provide an education day at 11 a.m. at the Nevada County Consolidated Fire Station #89 located at 11833 Tammy Way, near the Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley.

The event is designed to help people protect themselves, their families and their community. Attendees will meet local fire fighters, see the new fire truck for Alta Sierra and learn about what is happening to address wildfire issues. Also, attendees will learn how to properly prepare for emergency evacuation and lower our risk of catastrophic fires.

According to a press release, fall and winter are good times to work on reducing fuels on property. Weather is cooler for working, animals are done nesting their young and the chances of igniting a fire using equipment is lower. Take this opportunity to understand what needs to be accomplished so you have the time over the coming months to implement your goals, the release said.

Guest speakers will discuss topics such as the Nevada County vegetation management ordinance, local strike team deployments, implementing defensible space and the accomplishments of the Firewise Community committee. The Nevada County Consolidated Mobile Education unit will also open for visitors to enjoy.

Being a nationally certified Firewise Community/USA involves creating a community based committee, receiving a community wildfire hazard assessment and developing an action plan for mitigation, according to the release. Annual community education days are held to keep the community focused on their goals and the latest available science to prevent and mitigation fire hazards. Firewise Communities are re-certified annually by the National Fire Protection Association based on an annual report of fire mitigation activities.

If you’re unable to attend the event and would like a Defensible Space Advisor to come to your home to provide an individual assessment of your readiness, contact the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County at or phone (530) 272-1122.

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