The Nevada County Fire Safe Council has received grant funds through Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the National Firewise Communities to offer residents in Nevada County free defensible space advisory visits to educate citizens about defensible space. Fire Safe Council executive Director, Joanne Drummond says every landowner is required to clear flammable vegetation or other combustible growth around their home and outbuildings.
“Public Resource Code 4291 is a state law to have a defensible space around your home. But we are the only group in the area that offers an advisory visit to help you implement the requirements of that law. So if you’re unfamiliar or have questions, we can send an individual out to your home to help you get it straight.”
The code also allows insurance companies to require landowners to maintain the firebreaks. Property owners can get advice on building materials, proper clearance from structures and how to manage the vegetation on your property and identify plant species considered “high fire risk.”
“What we find from a fresh pair of eyes on your property is that we see things differently than you do. Sometimes when you live there you don’t really notice something. But someone coming out can show you something that can really be a hazard that can be mitigated pretty easily.”
To schedule a free visit from an advisor, property owners can call the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County at 272-1122 and receive a 2012 Firewise calendar for completing an advisory visit in January.