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Fire Safe Council Awards Firewise Winners Cash Prizes

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County has announced the 2012 Firewise Living award winners. The concept of Firewise Living represents living in harmony with nature, including wildfire. Home sites were nominated for evaluation based on access, defensible space and a structure equipped to withstand firebrands. Additional considerations were given to land stewardship beyond 100 feet, wildlife habitat, soil and water conservation and the aesthetics of framing the home.

Over a dozen homes were nominated for consideration and award recognition. Eight homes werel featured on a tour for the public to learn more about effective defensible space. Executive Director of the Fire Safe council, Joanne Drummond shares a couple of the unique aspects highlighted on the tour.

“We have some great examples of defensible space that really live in harmony with nature. We have one example of great bird habitat while still being safe from wildfire. We have one home on Banner of a homeowner that has done a construction retrofit to protect his home from ember intrusion. So those are two kind of unique features that people don’t think about when they think about defensible space.”

The grand prize winner is located in the Banner Mountain Homeowner’s Association Firewise Community on Banner Mountain Trail.

The second prize winner is located in the Greater Cement Hill Neighborhood Association which is currently undergoing the Firewise certification process on Bodie Ridge Road. The third prize winner is located on Deer Creek Park Drive. A cash award of $500 was given to the grand prize winner, with the others receiving $250 and $100 respectively. For more information on the Fire Safe Council go to www.areyoufiresafe.com or phone (530) 272-1122.

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