Big Bear, Ca, March 28, 2011, 4:00pm – David Yegge, Fire Fuels Program Supervisor for the Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District, has been selected as a state winner for the 2010 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firewise Leadership Award, for his numerous efforts in the area of wildfire mitigation. According to the Big Bear Lake Fire Department, in just five years under Yegge’s supervision, 25,000 dead trees have been removed; landowners have gained no-cost professional advice in the thinning of trees and shrubs on private land; and a wood shake/shingle replacement program was instituted, utilizing grant funding to offset costs to property owners. In addition, Yegge developed an aggressive media campaign to promote defensible space in Big Bear Valley, utilizing public service announcements, media advertising, and a local resource website, www.thinisin.org. He also made numerous presentations to community groups to get the word out on the measures citizens can take to lower community wildfire hazard risk. KBHR congratulates and thanks David Yegge for his dedicated efforts in helping Big Bear be a Firewise community.