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Release Date: 04/25/11
Contacts: Jane Arteaga, 916-978-4436 (BLM)    
  Joanne Drummond, 530-272-1122 (Fire Safe Council of Nevada County)    

Extreme Home Makeover - Defensible-Space Style

Nevada County Homeowners to Get First-Hand Experience Preparing for Fire Season

Foothills residents can watch this weekend as one Grass Valley home gets an “Extreme Makeover,” just in time for fire season.

Representatives from the California Fire Alliance, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County and Chicago Park 4-H Club will help one homeowner create a defensible space around his home. Members of the public are welcome to watch and learn this Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to noon at 15384 Rattlesnake Road, Grass Valley.

“Take Responsibility” Day will kick off Wildfire Awareness Week and show homeowners in Nevada County what they can do now to protect their homes this summer and prevent the spread of wildfires.

“This event will give homeowners the chance to see an actual defensible space clearing in process at a local home,” said Joanne Drummond, executive director of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County.  “People can see the clearing in action and ask questions of the homeowner, Bureau of Land Management staff, Fire Safe Council staff, a certified arborist volunteer and 4-H volunteers.”

Driving Directions:  From Sacramento, take Highway 49 toward Grass Valley.  Continue approximately 12 miles, turn right on LaBarr Meadows Road.  LaBarr Meadows Road dead ends into Dog Bar Road, turn right onto Dog Bar Road.  Continue one mile, turn left onto Wheeler Cross Road.  Wheeler Cross Road dead ends into Rattlesnake Road.  Turn left onto Rattlesnake Road.  The event is located on the right corner of Wheeler Cross Road and Rattlesnake Road.  Look for event signs “Fire Safe Clearing” along the route.


Last updated: 05-02-2011