We’re not ready for major fire | TheUnion.com

We’re not ready for major fire

In response to The Union’s recent poll showing that 71 percent of those responding thought that the county is prepared for a major wildfire event, I would have to say I am startled at this assessment.

I am a defensive space site advisor for the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County and I have lived in the heavily forested Greenhorn Road area for over 25 years and everything my training and my own observations tell me is that Nevada County is easily in danger of an event that would equal or surpass the devastation of the 1988 49’er fire.

Efforts are being made daily and constantly by many in our community to create the defensive spaces around our homes that have been mandated by Public Resources Code Section 4291 but the process is costly and or labor intensive and compliance is spotty at best. The Fire Safe Council has over 40 trained site advisors and the service is free to anyone for the asking. The major point of these site visits is educational, presenting well-researched information to help homeowners best prepare for the possible worst case scenario.

Anyone wishing further information is encouraged to call the Fire Safe Council at 272-1122.

Gary Stoddard

Grass Valley

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