About The Project

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Ponderosa West Project is a shaded fuel break. Unlike a fire break, a shaded fuel break does not remove all vegetation to bare mineral soil. Rather, living vegetation will be modified or reduced to limit a fire’s ability to spread rapidly. The California Native Plant Society, CAL FIRE and Fire Safe Council are collaborating with property owners to create a custom fuel reduction plan for each property.

Biologists, Registered Professional Foresters and Archaeologists from CAL FIRE and the California Native Plant Society will create an ecologically sound strategy, considering both long-term forest health and community safety.

Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, a non- profit organization with 20 years of experience advocating and assisting on defensible space clearing projects, is managing this project. Questions or concerns should be directed to the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County at info@ponderosawestproject.org
or call (530) 272-1122.

Work on Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Project
Contractors wishing to learn more about working on this project should contact Fire Safe Council and be prepared to submit a detailed rate sheet, schedule of services and available equipment list as well as comply with the specific process defined by Fire Safe Council. Those unable to meet the requirements may be considered for future projects. Please contact Matt Frink with questions or concerns (530) 272-1122

Visit the links below for materials from
Open House September 4

Treatment Overview

The difference between a firebreak and a fuelbreak.

Download the flyer to print and share  here:  About Ponderosa West Project Flyer

Project Updates

November 6, County of Nevada Board of Supervisors and Media Visit Project
As of November 5 the Ponderosa fuel break is 67% complete with 269 acres of land abated for wildfire.
Read more at The Union.
Watch KCRA coverage.

September 4, Open House Hosted for Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone
Nevada County Board of Supervisors Heidi Hall, Sue Hoek, Dan Miller and Office of Emergency Services joined CAL FIRE NEU and the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County at a community open house designed to share information about the Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Project. Community members gathered at the Nevada County Fairgrounds to learn more about the fuelbreak strategy and specific treatments being implemented with the help of the California Native Plant SocietyFor more information and photos visit our partners at County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services Site.

August 23, Work Begins on Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Shaded Fuel Break
Grass Valley- CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit in cooperation with Nevada County and the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County began work on County of Nevada property as part of the Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Project. (Learn more here.)

On July 9, 2019 County of Nevada Supervisors Approved 3 Resolutions Moving Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Project Forward

Resolutions proclaiming a Local Emergency, accepting a grant from CAL FIRE's Fire Prevention Program in the amount of $2,536,477, and securing a contract with CAL FIRE for $1,000,000, mark important steps in launching this project; a high priority hazardous fuel reduction project in the Nevada County Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
(Learn more here.)

Watch the presentation Nevada County Media Government YouTube Channel

Property owners within the proposed area will receive additional materials via mail before August 1.

Questions or concerns should be directed to
Fire Safe Council of Nevada County
Info@PonderosaWestProject.org or 530-272-1122.


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