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Wildfire drill set for Sunday in Lake of the Pines

Cal Fire is hosting a multi-agency “wildland urban interface” drill from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Lake of the Pines.

The fire agency’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit is hosting the drill to train firefighters on structure defense tactics including home preparation, hose deployment, defense tactics and crew life safety measures.

Nevada County Consolidated and Higgins Fire Protection districts and other fire agencies will also train during the drill. Residents are encouraged to participate by coming out to watch the drill or by evacuating when they receive a CodeRed alert.

“These training drills help reinforce and hone the skills of our firefighters and command officers and validate the importance of unified command with our local government fire service and law enforcement partners,” said Cal Fire Unit Chief Brian Estes. “No one agency can do it alone.”

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and Grass Valley’s California Highway Patrol officers will be participating with mock road closures, evacuations and other special training for officers during the drill.

This drill will mirror a real wildfire event. The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services and the Sheriff’s Office will test Code Red emergency alerts for the geographic region participating in the emergency drill. To make sure you receive alerts, register for Code Red notifications at http://www.MyNevadaCounty.com/CodeRed.

“Nevada County is excited to get Lake of the Pines residents involved in Cal Fire’s wildland urban interface drill,” said Nevada County Sheriff Shannon Moon. “During a wildfire event, the Sheriff’s Office is one of the lead agencies on evacuations. Participating in a drill like this will help residents become more familiar with the different exit routes they have available to them and become better prepared for an emergency event like wildfire.”

AMR Ambulance, Reach Air Ambulance and other first responders will also be participating by deploying resources to respond in pre-planned scenarios.

After the drill, the Lake of the Pines Firewise Community will host a barbecue at the LOP Club House for the community and firefighters. Residents are encouraged to meet the firefighters and hear the final briefing where firefighters discuss Lake of the Pines preparedness for wildfire.

There will be another drill on May 5 based at the Rood Center, a Cal Fire spokeswoman said.

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