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 weather expected through the first half of December.

Given the very heavy load of dry fine fuels and brush in Nevada County, compounded by carry-over fuels from previous years, it is only a question of “when”, not “if” a large will start in our area.

An all-hands-on-deck approach is imperative to start mitigating the combined effects of heavy fuel load, increased population living in the Wildland Urban Interface and Intermix (WUI) and climate change as a force multiplier fueling fires.

For the next 15 weeks, YubaNet will publish one story a week to help readers prepare for the upcoming wildfire season.

We’ll address vegetation management on private properties, how to harden your home, what you need to do now to be ready if/when evacuations are being called for your area, how-to guides for communication plans, evacuation plans, how Nevada County Schools prepare for wildfire and more. Each story will have resources to help you keep your family safe.

Let us know if you have a topic you want to learn more about. We’re starting this week with “Taking inventory inside and out.”