March 18, 2020 – As news and concerns about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to grow, the City of Grass Valley, Nevada City, and Nevada County Consolidated Fire Departments have a responsibility to protect the public and the employees of our agencies. Effective immediately all Joint Operational Area (JOA) fire stations are closed to the public for non-emergency business in compliance with federal and state guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

We will continue to respond to medical and fire emergencies as normal. This dynamic situation will continuously be monitored by our team to ensure we are adapting to any changes or updates as necessary. We look forward to returning to our normal operations as soon as possible.

The Nevada County Consolidated Fire District will continue to process fees, plan checks and inspections by appointment or electronic submission. For non-emergency questions or to schedule an appointment, please call our administrative office at:
(530) 265-4431

The Grass Valley and Nevada City Fire Department may be reached at for fire department related questions. City business is transitioning to email and phone calls beginning Thursday, March 19th.

The JOA will no longer issue burn permits at any of their facilities until further notice to limit exposure to the public and our staff. If you need a burn permit, please go to

It is important for our community members to understand the important role they play in this readiness plan. To help prevent the spread of germs and any illness, all standard precautions should be observed with care in the coming weeks. Remember to wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water, stay home if you feel ill, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. The Nevada County Public Health Department has activated Connecting Point’s Call Center to answer community questions and to provide up-to-date information about the virus and available resources, simply dial 2-1-1 to reach a representative.

We understand that everyone’s worried and we encourage our community members to follow this evolving situation via reliable sources such as Nevada County Public Health

We appreciate your patience as we work through this issue while at the same time protecting our citizens and the employees of the JOA.

By order of Grass Valley / Nevada City Fire Chief Mark Buttron and Nevada County Consolidated Fire Chief James Turner.