Scotch broom challenge curbs growing fire hazard |

Scotch broom challenge curbs growing fire hazard

Nevada County residents are banding together – again – to rid the area of Scotch broom to avoid catastrophic wildfire.

The highly invasive, extremely flammable weed with yellow flowers abounds along roads, in parks and on private property.

The Scotch Broom Challenge issued by the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County kicked off last Saturday in the North San Juan area with 67 volunteers. The program is done in conjunction with the Nevada County Resource Conservation District.

“They got quite a lot done,” said Fire Safe Council Executive Director Joanne Drummond.

The council started the challenge several years ago with a few weekends of work and is now up to seven events. Many people have already volunteered through the Disney Give-A-Day program, which gives them a free day pass to a Disney park.

None of those passes are available anymore, but ‘We’re still looking for volunteers,” Drummond said.

The remaining cleanup sites and dates are:

• Saturday, March 20: Southern Nevada County.

• March 20-21: Nevada City.

• March 27: Grass Valley.

• April 3: Alta Sierra.

• April 10: Grass Valley and Nevada City.

• April 24: Penn Valley.

“We particularly need people for the April 3 date in Alta Sierra and for Saturday, April 24, in Penn Valley,” Drummond said.

To volunteer call the council at (530) 272-1122, ext. 4.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call (530) 477-4237.

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