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Preparing for Wildfire Season in Nevada County – Week 15: Home is where the hardening is most effective

NEVADA CITY, Calif. March 29, 2019 –  Ignition during a wildfire is the result of: Embers (also called firebrands) Radiant heat Direct flame contact During the recent catastrophic wildfires, 90% of homes and buildings were first ignited by embers, not the actual fire. Embers are carried on winds ahead of a fire, eventually causing a fire to […]

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Preparing for Wildfire Season in Nevada County – Week 14: What Wood Stoves Want and campfire safety

NEVADA CITY, Calif. March 11, 2019 – Wood stoves are still a popular heating source in the area. Burning safely not only reduces health risks but also reduces the chance of chimney fires. The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District provides these three Burn Wise Tips: 1. Save money and time. Burn only dry, seasoned […]

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Preparing for Wildfire Season in Nevada County – Week 12: Vehicle safety

NEVADA CITY, Calif. February 25, 2019 – In case of an evacuation, you’ll likely drive to an evacuation shelter or your predetermined evacuation location. Getting there safely is the goal. Driving through smoke or even flames on the roadside, coupled with the adrenaline rush of having to get to safety is not your everyday commute. […]

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Preparing for Wildfire Season in Nevada County – Week 11: Pet and animal evacuation preparedness

February 18, 2019 – Your emergency plan and preparedness includes everyone in your household and your pets – of course, they are part of the family. The Pet Emergency Plan Have your pet microchipped and keep the information up to date, especially your phone number. If possible, add contact info for an emergency contact outside […]

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Preparing for Wildfire Season in Nevada County – Week 7: Burn piles

NEVADA CITY, Calif. January 21, 2019 – Burn piles are a popular and cost-effective way of disposing of brush and tree limbs. Alternatives like chipping, composting, and green waste disposal are not always practical or available. As a reminder, burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit […]

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Preparing for Wildfire Season in Nevada County – Week 6: Driveways – Access and Egress start here

NEVADA CITY, Calif. January 14, 2019 – Your driveway will be your departure point in case of an evacuation. Let’s make sure you get out of the starting blocks safely. All new construction “shall be served by a driveway,” per Nevada County’s building code. Does your existing driveway have the required 10 ft minimum width, […]

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Preparing for Wildfire Season in Nevada County – Week 2: Emergency notification systems

NEVADA CITY, Calif. December 17, 2018 – In case of an emergency, the first step is to be aware of the situation. Nevada County uses CodeRED to notify residents of an emergency in their neighborhood via phone, email and text alerts. Situational awareness is part of your personal responsibility This mass notification system is opt-in, […]

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Nevada County: 15 weeks to prepare for the next peak fire season

NEVADA CITY, Calif. December 10, 2018 – After an extremely well-attended Town Hall in Nevada County, it’s time to prepare for the next peak wildfire season. The NorthOps Predictive Services overall outlook from December-March is for near to slightly above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation, although there are smaller month-to-month differences like the wet […]