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Three additional shaded fuel break projects approved in western Nevada County

Nevada County, CA – At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting, Nevada County’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) brought forward several wildfire planning and mitigation projects for approval, including three new large-scale community defense zones. Because 92% of Nevada County residents live in high to very high fire hazard severity zones, OES continues its proactive effort […]

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Nevada County Cooling Centers Extended Through Friday at the Grass Valley and Penn Valley Libraries

Due to the extended Excessive Heat Warning, Cooling Centers will remain open at the Grass Valley and Penn Valley libraries from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through Friday, September 9th. Air-conditioned space and water will be available. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed, and both locations are ADA accessible. Library desk services will only […]

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Nevada County Opens Cooling Centers Saturday Through Tuesday at the Grass Valley and Penn Valley Libraries

Nevada City, CA – National Weather Service Sacramento has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for portions of Nevada County beginning Saturday morning through Tuesday evening. Higher temperatures can be dangerous for all people, especially the very young, senior citizens, pregnant women, and those with chronic medical conditions. Nevada County’s Office of Emergency Services partners with […]

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Local Firewise Communities Awarded Micro-Grants to Reduce Wildfire Risk

The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) is pleased to announce that twenty-six Micro-Grants have been awarded to support recognized Firewise Communities in reducing wildfire risk. This unique program is funded through a grant from the Disaster Relief, Recovery and Resilience Fund at the League of California Community Foundations with support from the Tahoe […]

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Microgrant Program Supports Firewise Communities to Clear Storm Debris

Nevada County is still dealing with the impacts of the severe winter storm that struck our area on December 27th, 2021. The storm, which downed hundreds of trees and knocked out power to homes across Nevada County, has left an overabundance of vegetation in its wake. This abnormally high level of hazardous vegetation makes Nevada […]

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Ladris and Nevada County Partner to Provide Community Evacuation Simulator Tool

Using Ladris’ Evacuation Pre-Planner tool, Nevada County’s emergency managers and law enforcement personnel can now simulate detailed models for evacuations, traffic times, and road congestion scenarios for wildfires or other disasters. Ladris’ platform integrates public, private, and user-defined data sources to create real-time data visualization and AI-powered predictive forecasting to simulate millions of what-if scenarios. […]

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Call to Action: Check-in on Neighbors Without Power and Help Report Unmet Needs to 211

Over 15,000 Nevada County PG&E customers are going on day six without power. During times of need, Nevada County has a history of coming together to support each other. This once-in-a-lifetime storm event calls upon us all to act.  Yesterday, the County sent a CodeRED Emergency Alert in hopes of reaching those that have been […]

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Nevada County emergency status update – Dec. 31

As of December 30th, nearly all County roadways are open and passable. All roads in Alta Sierra are open to emergency traffic and tall vehicles with the exception of Ball, Francis, Ragan which require phone company participation which is pending. Lower Colfax, Laws Ranch Cross, Burma, and Rattlesnake are open.  PG&E, CALFIRE, Nevada County Office […]

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Nevada County Opens Overnight Shelter at Bear River High School

With over 20,000 Nevada County households still without power, the County of Nevada has partnered with the Red Cross to open an overnight cold weather shelter in the Bear River High School Multipurpose Room at 11130 Magnolia Road. The shelter will provide heat, food, and showers to guests. Service animals are welcome. No pets are allowed. The […]

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NevCo OES: Rain on the way – sandbags available

December 8, 2021 – The National Weather Service Sacramento predicts Nevada County will receive .75 inches of rain Wednesday evening into Thursday night, with wetter systems to take aim on Northern California late this weekend and next week. To prepare, free sand and sandbags are available for pickup at four convenient locations. We would like […]

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Nevada County Awarded FEMA Grant Funding for Defensible Space Assistance

On Tuesday, September 28, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors passed two resolutions accepting grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The two programs will provide critical defensible space assistance to Nevada County residents with disabilities, older adults, and property owners who meet specific low-income thresholds.  The County of […]

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County of Nevada Awarded CAL FIRE Funding for South County Shaded Fuel Break

Nevada City, Calif. – CAL FIRE recently announced that the County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services received grant funding to complete the South County Shaded Fuel Break. The total cost of the project is $1,038,230, with $952,610 provided by CAL FIRE and an in-kind match from the County valued at $85,620. The project will […]

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CodeRED Emergency Alerts Explained: Understand Opt-in Alerts and the Mobile Alert App

NEVADA CITY, August 12, 2021— During wildfire events, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office uses multiple communication tools to create a layered and redundant system to alert residents when a wildfire poses a serious potential threat to life and property. Opt-in CodeRED Emergency Alerts coupled with pre-identified evacuation zones, Hi-Lo Sirens, and federal communication systems like Wireless Emergency […]

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Local assistance center for River Fire survivors to open Aug. 13-14

AUBURN, Calif. – With most mandatory evacuations now lifted for the River Fire, Placer and Nevada counties will continue their support for impacted residents with a joint local assistance center – a one-stop-shop for recovery and rebuilding information and resources.  The center will be open Aug. 13-14 at Colfax Elementary School; from 10 a.m. – […]

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Annual Test of CodeRED Emergency Alert System Scheduled for August 16

As fires like the Dixie and Tamarack burn nearby, a community conversation around wildfire, evacuation, and emergency alert notifications has resurfaced. Residents are asking, ‘how will I know if I need to evacuate?’ A critical tool for staying informed of official evacuation warnings or orders that are issued by the Sheriff’s Office, or the Office […]

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