The Gazebo’s Firewise Community committee members (left to right) Dot Kain, Terese Baker and Hugh Talman.

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. August 24, 2016 – The community of The Gazebo’s in Grass Valley has achieved the Firewise Communities/USA® award from the National Fire Protection Association for their combined efforts to reduce the vulnerability of their homes and landscape to catastrophic wildfire.

The Firewise Communities/USA® program honors those who pro-actively address the wildfire hazard. The process begins by forming a committee, then a professional hazard assessment team provides a written report of recommendations, the community responds by developing an action plan to implement the recommendations. The community demonstrates a minimum investment in fire prevention activities and provides a community education event. Firewise Communities retain their certification by filing a report of ongoing activities on an annual basis.

“Our community has been very pleased with the Firewise Communities/USA® program. It has helped us address a fire hazard behind the shopping center and illegal camping behind our homes. Working with the Fire Safe Council and our neighbors, we are helping to protect the forest environment we treasure from catastrophic wildfire.” said Firewise Committee Member, Dot Kain.

The Fire Safe Council aids communities in Nevada County in attaining the national Firewise Communities/USA® recognition. To learn more about Firewise Communities/USA® visit, or the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County at (530) 272-1122 or online at