Egress/Ingress Fire Safety Project
The Nevada County Egress/Ingress Fire Safety Project will remove hazardous vegetation along 200 miles of County-maintained roads using both County road crews and contract forces. The purpose of the project is to reduce the vegetative fuels along major roads in the County to improve the safety of residents and visitors, and to increase the effectiveness and safety of firefighters and first responders. Reduced fuels will also lead to lower fire suppression costs and fewer greenhouse gas emissions that result from wildfires. In addition, breaks in fuel continuity will aid in reducing the overall rate of spread. Egress routes will be improved which will allow residents to evacuate more quickly and allow firefighters better ingress access to prevent structure fires. For a more detailed project description, including roads that will be treated, click here.
Before and after photographs of a similar project that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) completed are shown below.
Funding for this project is provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Investments Program. The total project budget is $1.125M. $868k will be provided by the program grant.
The Public Works Department has reviewed the project for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has identified the project as being Categorically Exempt under California Code of Regulations Sections 15301(c), Repair and maintenance of existing streets; 15301(h), Maintenance of existing landscaping and native growth; and 15304(i), Minor alterations to land. A Notice of Exemption approved by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors has been posted with the Nevada County Clerk’s Office and the State Clearinghouse.
The project is scheduled to begin construction in mid to late April 2021 and is expected to be active through Spring 2022. Traffic control will be provided on all affected roads during construction. Regular updates will be provided on the Nevada County Department of Public Works project website, Facebook page, as well as on Nextdoor.com.
Schedules for upcoming roads are posted once received from the Contractor and show approximately 14 - 30 days of the upcoming schedule. Schedules may vary and be postponed due to weather conditions including dry and extreme heat and wind conditions.
For an overview of the 5 year schedule of roads to be addressed under this program and a look at progress thus far, click on the link to our new Roadside Vegetation Map.
Roadside Veg Mgmt Tracker (arcgis.com)
Our most current schedule is posted below
June 10th - July 1st
|Ridgeview Drive||Ridge Road||South End|
|Manzanita Drive||Ridge Road||West End|
||Ridge Road||Vista Avenue|
|Suzanne Way||Sierra Drive||Cedar Way|
|Vista Avenue||Sierra Drive||West End|
|Frosty Lane||Banner View Drive||Butte View Drive|
|Sunrise Heights||Alta Street||Bragg Avenue|
|Alta Street||Grass Valley City Limits||Ridge Road|
|Engle Street||Alta Vista Avenue||Bragg Avenue|
|Terry Street||Alta Vista Avenue||Bragg Avenue|
|Slate Creek Road||Grass Valley City Limit||Deer Park Drive|
|Shannon Way||Deer Park Drive||Deer Park Drive|
|Via Vista||Ridge Road||Ridge Estate Road|
|Via Colina Drive||Ridge Road||Evergreen Drive|
|Evergreen Drive||Via Colina Drive||Ridge Estate Road|
|Ridge Estates Road||Ridge Road||Ridge Estate Road|
|Marjon Drive||Ridge Road||Marjon Drive|
|Park Avenue Extension||Solaro Drive||Red Dog Road|
|Murchie Mine Road||Red Dog Road||West End|
|Incline Shaft Road||Murchie Mine Road||West End|
|Old Washington Road||Nevada City Limits||End County Main|
|Manzanita Diggins Drive||Highway 20||East End|
|Dow Road||Highway 20||Lewis Road|
|Lewis Road||Willow Valley Road||Genasci Road|
|Genasci Road||Lewis Road||Willow Valley Road|
|Willow Valley Road||Highway 20||Nevada City Limits|
|Scotts Flat Road||Willow Valley Road||Scotts Flat Road|
|Scotts Flat Road||Highway 20||Alpine Meadows Camp|
|Berggren Lane||Red Dog Rd||North End|
|Blue Tent School Road||North Bloomfield Gr||Cooper Road|
|Boulder Street||Nevada City Limits||End County Maintain|
|Butte View Drive||Frosty Lane||Ridge Road|
|Carey Drive||Ridge Rd||South End|
|Cedar Way||Ridge Rd||North End|
|Cooper Road||North Bloomfield Gr||Madrone Springs|
|Deer Park Drive||Echo Ridge Drive||Slate Creek Road|
For more information about this project, please email Public.Works@co.nevada.ca.us or call (530) 265-1411.
The Egress/Ingress Fire Safety Project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment– particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at: www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.