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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Open House Hosted for Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone


September 4th--Nevada County Board of Supervisors Heidi Hall, Sue Hoek, Dan Miller and Office of Emergency Services joined CAL FIRE NEU and the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County at a community open house designed to share information about the Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Project. Community members gathered at the Nevada County Fairgrounds to learn more about the fuelbreak strategy and specific treatments being implemented with the help of the California Native Plant Society. 

Ponderosa West Project is a shaded fuel break. Unlike a fire break, a shaded fuel break does not remove all vegetation to bare mineral soil. Rather, living vegetation will be modified or reduced to limit a fire’s ability to spread rapidly. All were on hand to discuss the ecological strategy, considering both long-term forest health, and community safety. 

Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, a non- profit organization with 20 years of experience advocating and assisting on defensible space clearing projects, is managing this project. Learn more at or call Fire Safe Council of Nevada County at (530) 272-1122


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