The North Shore community’s efforts toward maintaining defensible space and reducing wildfire risk have resulted in Fawnskin being honored as a Firewise USA Community, a distinction shared with just 33 other communities within California, including Big Bear City and the City of Big Bear Lake. Firewise USA is a nationwide program formed in 2002 and this year’s 2009 honor is a first for Fawnskin, which will celebrate the distinction with a presentation hosted by the North Shore Improvement Association on Monday. Representatives from CalFire are scheduled to be in attendance at the November 9 celebration and potluck, to present Fawnskin’s Honorary Mayor Dave Hough with the 2009 Firewise USA Community award. The public is welcome to attend the event, to take place at 5:45pm at the old school house in Fawnskin’s Miller Park, located at 1178 Chickasaw. For more information on the November 9 potluck or presentation, contact Lori Gardiner of the North Shore Improvement Association at 878-4220.