October is fire prevention month and for property owners in Alta Sierra, becoming a fire safe community is a great way to celebrate and potentially save on fire insurance and protect your home and community from devastating wild fires. Joanne Drummond with the Nevada County Fire Safe council says our area is designated by the state as a severe fire risk in the most recent assessment due to overgrowth and fuel load.
“Most of Nevada County is in the very high and even some areas are extreme since the last assessment in the late 80s and when they republished it in 2008, our county got worse as far as fire hazard went. So it just is representative of the amount of overgrowth in our forests and in our landscape that needs to be addressed from a fire perspective.”
Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood and other communities have already received fire wise community designation and several others are in the process according to Drummond. The Alta Sierra community is beginning the process by organizing a community meeting this Friday October 14th from 4 to 5pm at the fire safe council office 139 E. Main Street between PG&E and club 41 upstairs in the old fire station.