Fire council recognized |

Fire council recognized

Gregory Crofton

The Nevada Fire Safe Council received the Rural Community Assistance award from the U.S. Forest Service this month for its work to protect homes, neighborhoods and communities from wildfire.

The council, formed nearly three years ago, has 24 chapters in the state, seven of which are on the Nevada side of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The basin chapters are at Glenbrook, Hidden Woods, Incline Village, Tyrolian Village, Lake Village, Cave Rock and Chimney Rock.

Elwood Miller, coordinator of the Nevada Fire Safe Council, said one of the group’s goals was to achieve national recognition.

“This recognizes at the national level the organization that we’ve put in place and what we’ve been able to accomplish in the short time frame we’ve been in operation. It took a tremendous amount of hard work on the part of a lot of people,” Miller said.

The council educates and organizes homeowners about fire danger in their communities and helps neighborhoods apply for federal grant money to pay for forest thinning projects.

For more information about the council, contact Miller at (775) 322-2413.

– Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at

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