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Monday, September 15, 2014


By: Joanne Drummond, Executive Director, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County
Cascade Shores Firewise Community committee members (left to right) Carol Carter, Terry Athanasopulos, Kent Rees, Joan Hardy and Jan Guevel at the site of a wildfire hazardous fuels reduction project implemented this spring.
NEVADA CITY, Calif September 5, 2014 - The community of Cascade Shores outside of Nevada City has achieved the Firewise Communities/USA® award from the National Fire Protection Association for their efforts to reduce the vulnerability of homes and landscape to wildfire.

The Firewise Communities/USA® program honors those who pro-actively address the wildfire hazard across the landscape. The process begins by forming a committee, completing a community wildfire hazard assessment, developing an action plan to implement recommendations, investing in fire prevention activities and hosting a community education event. Firewise Communities retain their certification by filing a report of ongoing activities on an annual basis.

"Going beyond the minimum requirements of defensible space as required by law will help our residents change fire behavior as it approaches their community. Working together, we are helping to protect the forest environment we treasure from catastrophic wildfire." said Firewise Committee Member, Joan Hardy. The Fire Safe Council aids communities in Nevada County in attaining the national Firewise Communities/USA® certification.

To learn more about Firewise Communities/USA® visit, or the Cascade Shores Association visit or contact the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County at (530) 272-1122 or online at

geez, they did not mention Josie the dog.  And she played a big part!

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