If you were to guess how many vegetation fires have started in Nevada County since January 1st 2022, what would the number be? 10, 20, 50, 100? As a hint, CAL FIRE lists 115 wildfires for all of 2020 in Nevada County.
Hard to fathom, but as of today 119 vegetation fires have been mapped and responded to by firefighters, according to a GIS layer published by CalOES. Explore our map below and see how your neighborhood fares so far.
While the overwhelming majority don’t grow past one acre, the sheer number of incidents is a cause for concern. Now would be a great time for all of us to:
- Make sure Go bags are ready
- Check the family evacuation plan
- Know your Zone
- Have a roadworthy and safe vehicle – or reliable transportation alternatives
- Be aware of all possible routes in case of an evacuation
- Keep an eye on the weather (hint: a stronger heatwave is on the horizon)
The time to use equipment that can create sparks has passed. If you need to trim some branches, use clippers, not a chainsaw. It’s an equally bad idea to use your lawnmower during lunch break, do it early in the morning – without the risk of heat exhaustion. Welding or parking in dry grass, dragging chains, tossing cigarettes out the car window, using blowtorches to get rid of weeds – we all know better.
Please protect yourself, the community and our first responders.
PS: In case you are wondering about all of California, here is the link to the statewide map.