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July 20, 2018 – It is a top Board priority to reduce the risk and effects of wildfire by pursuing hazardous vegetation mitigation resources. This year, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) has funded and hired three additional fire inspectors for a total of four full time fire inspection staff throughout the summer months.

Fire inspectors assess fire safety hazards around your home and can advise residents on the best way to create defensible space and harden your home against fire. With the additional fire inspectors on staff, Nevada County OES hopes to complete an additional 2,000 inspections this year, compared to 646 inspections conducted in 2017. The additional inspectors were funded through Proposition 172 funds, which can be used for public safety activities.

Fire inspections can be requested for your property or your neighborhood by filing out Nevada County’s Fire Inspection Request form online. Residents can find out their designated fire district through Nevada County’s MyNeighborhood Maps. Many fire districts preform fire inspections for residents within their fire district, such as Penn Valley Fire District and Nevada County Consolidated Fire District. Fire inspectors from Nevada County OES or CalFire are available to preform fire inspections for any Nevada County residents.

For more information about emergency preparedness and fire safety, take a look at the 17-18 Fire Season Guide, visit CalFire’s Ready for Wildfire website, find community resources from the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, and don’t forget to sign yourself and your family up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts online or by dialing 2-1-1 to sign up over the phone with 211 Connecting Point.