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Summer 2017

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Fire Council Ramps Up Local Prevention Effor ts B Y R E N E E B R I N C K S L ast summer, the Fire Safe Council for Monterey County launched a fire-pre- vention initiative in remote Monterey County. Collaborating with personnel from For t Hunter Liggett, and funded by a Pacific Gas & Electric grant, crews cleared branches and brush along a main road ser ving the tiny com- munity of Br yson. Weeks later, as the Soberanes Fire burned up nor th, the Chimney Fire jumped Lake Nacimiento and threatened Bryson. "That preventive fuel-reduction work was a win. Nobody died, no Monterey County houses [in that area] burned, and fire personnel and residents got in and out safely," says Dominic Gregorio, Fire Safe Council board member and past president. In addition to administering fire-prevention grants and projects, the nonprofit partners with Cal Fire, the Bureau of Land Management and others to educate the public on protecting homes and communities. Residents can learn more at monthly meetings in Monterey and southern Monterey County. With another fire season ahead, Gregorio advises residents to clear a 100-foot "defensible space" around their homes by removing dry brush and keeping plants trimmed. "With defensible spaces, you basically create an area where, if necessary, fire crews can work to protect your home," he says. For monthly meeting information, or to donate time or money to the Fire Safe Council for Monter- ey County, visit SHORTCUTS NEIGHBORS The Fire Safe Council for Monterey County helps remove burnable materials to protect homes, and recently received a $49,000 grant to clear Rancho Tierra Grande. 66 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 7 Photo: Kelli Uldall

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