- Board of Supervisors
- Board of Supervisors' Objectives
- Emergency Preparedness
Lead the community in all-hazards planning, preparedness, response, and recovery with a focus on wildfire. Do this by focusing on improving countywide evacuation safety, continuing to strengthen early alert and warning systems, creating more defensible space around properties and roadways, engaging residents in emergency preparedness and fire-safe land stewardship, leading the community in recovery from Federally declared disasters, and by mitigating the impact of Public Safety Power Shutoff events.
Nevada County is at risk for catastrophic wildfire and our mid-elevation west-slope location also puts us at risk for winter storms, flooding, and extreme heat and cold events.
- 92% of Nevada County residents live in high to very high fire severity zones.
- 560 miles of County roads and over 1,500 miles of private roads are used by residents to get to and from residences.
- CAL FIRE has identified 10 priority projects in Nevada County that need to be implemented and maintained to defend our communities.
- Increase evacuation safety programs county-wide to save lives.
- Improve county-wide early warning systems and emergency communications.
- Reduce fire severity and intensity through fuels management by increasing defensible space, affordable green waste disposal, and fuel break implementation.
- Provide a coordinated approach to wildfire preparedness through advocacy, community engagement, and project implementation.
- Plan and train for, respond to, and recover from all hazards, with a specific emphasis on wildfires.
Learn More & Get Involved
Visit Ready Nevada County to learn more about all-hazards planning.
- Find your evacuation zone
- Register for emergency alerts
- Check out the Ready Nevada County Dashboard
- Read the Ready, Set, Go Handbook
- Use the Preparedness Toolkit
- Make a Defensible Space Inspection Request
- Access resources for recovery
Follow the Office of Emergency Services on social media for updates:
Nevada County Recognizes Firewise Together Fundraiser: A Benefit for Firewise CommunitiesFiresafe Council of Nevada County is hosting the Firewise Together Fundraiser a benefit for Firewise Communities from 1:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday, June 3, 2023 at Lake Wildwood’s Commodore Park. Learn More
Yuba Watershed Institute Named Bureau of Land Management’s Conservation Partner of the YearThe Bureau of Land Management named the Yuba Watershed Institute their Conservation Partner of the Year for 2023. Collaboration between the two organizations has been a force multiplier increasing the impact that either could have achieved individually. Learn More
Elemental Documentary Film Screening and Q&A May 8 at 7pm“Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire,” a powerful film that aims to replace fire myths with science, screens this Monday, May 8 at 7 pm at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Following the film will be a panel discussion moderated by County of Nevada OES staff. Learn More
CAL FIRE Burn Permits Required MAY 1stThe CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit announced effective Monday, May 1, 2023, at 8:00 am all residential pile burning will require a permit in Nevada, Yuba, Placer and Sierra Counties. Burn permits must now be obtained online at burnpermit.fire.ca.gov. Additional Info...
Historic Winter Makes for Dangerous River ConditionsAfter a long winter which brought one of the largest snowpacks on record, rising temperatures are delivering historic volumes of snowmelt to California’s rivers. The sun is finally out, but that doesn’t mean it is time to hit the river. Learn More
Save the Date: Health, Safety, and Fire Preparedness CarnivalDon't miss the Health, Safety & Fire Preparedness Carnival May 6th, 11AM-4PM. Free lunch will be served alongside face-painting, bubbles, & balloons. With attractions like a giant slide, games, and giveaways, this event is fun for the whole family! Learn More
Free Residential Green Waste Disposal Returns to Nevada CountyThe Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, in partnership with the Office of Emergency Services and CAL FIRE, are hosting FREE self-service green waste disposal, and wood chip pick-up April through June. Learn More
Over $1.5 Million Granted for Forest Resilience Projects in Nevada CountyThree local agencies in Nevada County have been awarded grant funding from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy for forest resilience projects that will reduce wildfire risk and restore forest health in the region. Learn More
Nevada County Provides Priority Permitting and Fee Waiver for Winter Storm DamageResidents and business owners with storm damage repairs in unincorporated Nevada County will receive priority permitting and have local fees waived for repair permits through for serious repairs following the February 24, 2023, winter storm. Learn More
Property Tax Relief as a Result of Storm DamageWith a state and local emergency proclamation in place because of recent storm damage, qualified property owners in Nevada County might be entitled to property tax relief. Learn More
Take Nevada County’s Storm Damage Survey to Share Damage and Needs DataResidents and businesses can help report storm damage like down trees on their property or into structures, propane shortages, internet and phone outages, and dangerous snow loads that may threaten their building’s structural integrity. Learn More
Snow Load Advisory: Reminder to Monitor Structures for Dangerous Snow LoadsWith significant rain in the forecast, it will be possible for the snow to act as a sponge absorbing the moisture and posing additional stress to roof structures. Learn More
Health Net Providing Special Assistance to Members Affected by Winter StormsHealth Net wants to ensure its members have access to essential prescription medications, critical Health Net information and other healthcare services should their services be interrupted. Learn More
PG&E: Working to Restore as Many Customers as Possible Ahead of Next StormPG&E reports crews continue to restore power in hard-hit Nevada County after heavy, low-elevation snowstorms caused power outages to thousands. PG&E continues to restore power using out-of-area crews and contractors to assist so power can be restored. Learn More
Nevada County Opens Warming Center at Grass Valley Veterans Memorial BuildingA Warming Center is open at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building to provide a space for all Nevada County residents to charge devices and warm up. Nevada County’s Extreme Weather Shelter with Sierra Roots has moved Grass Valley Memorial Building. Learn More
Nevada County Emergency Services Drives Three New Wildfire Community Defense Zones ForwardAt Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting, Nevada County’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) brought forward several wildfire planning and mitigation projects for approval, including three new large-scale community defense zones. Learn More
Nevada County Awarded Funding for Woodpecker Ravine Shaded Fuel BreakThe $2.1 million award from CAL FIRE will support selective thinning in an area directly above the River Fire burn scar and flanked by two critical evacuation corridors – State Highway 49 to the east and State Highway 174 to the north. Learn More
Countywide Test of Emergency Alert Notification System on February 1, 2023Office of Emergency Services urges residents to sign up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts in preparation for a test planned for February 1, 2023. The test is scheduled to run in phases throughout the day by Supervisorial District beginning at 10:00 a.m. Learn More
Provide Your Feedback: Nevada County OES Launches Survey on Hazardous Vegetation OrdinanceAll residents, property owners, and renters of unincorporated Nevada County are encouraged to provide their input. The Survey will be available through November 28th and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Learn More
View our most recent quarterly report to see our progress on this Board objective.