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Office of Emergency Services

Posted on: February 26, 2019

Monthly Wildfire Preparedness Speaker Series

Wildfire Preparedness Speaker SeriesAre you curious about how to better prepare for wildfire in Nevada County? Attend the monthly Wildfire Preparedness Speaker Series workshops in the Board Chambers of the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City, from 6:00-7:30 PM to learn more. These workshops will be live-streamed on Nevada County Digital Media Center's Channel 18 and the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services Facebook page.

February 25th: Get Firewise: Organize!

Are you new to the area and not sure how to approach preparing your home for wildfire? Are you a Nevada County native, but need some help getting firewise? Are you not even sure what firewise means? Tackling a problem seems daunting when you face it alone, but many hands make light work, perhaps even fun work when done alongside friends, family, and neighbors. Join experts, Pat Leach and Dr. JoAnn Fites-Kaufman for Get Firewise: Organize!, for an intimate presentation on how to inspire, mobilize and organize your neighborhood. Meet people already engaged in this important work and create a plan for you, your family, and your community. Find out how to support established Firewise Communities or even start your own.

Pat Leach came to Nevada County from Hawaii where she was a partner in a fire detection and suppression company.  After the tragic Las Vegas fire at the MGM Grand called attention to high-rise safety, she helped Honolulu update their Fire Prevention Codes in the early '80's. Now a North San Juan Ridge resident of 22 years, she is the Corporate Secretary of RCD Engineering, a local manufacturing company. Pat engages with community issues through the San Juan Ridge Action Community Team, she has been a Board Member of the North San Juan Fire Protection District for the past 15 years, and she is currently a Defensible Space Advisor for the Fire Safe Council.

Dr. Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman grew up in the Sierra Nevada and has lived on the North San Juan Ridge for 21 years. She has worked for over 35 years in natural resources, ecology and fire, mostly with the US Forest Service. She has 15 years of experience working on wildfires measuring fire behavior, effectiveness of fuel treatments, and fire effects. She maintains her fireline qualifications as a firefighter, fire behavior technical specialist, and fire effects monitor. View PowerPoint presentation.

March 25th: Defensible Space

It won’t be long before summer is here. Make the most of these next few months and ready your home. Pick up valuable how-tos for hardening your property, home and yard. Learn simple steps you can implement to make your home more fire-resistant. 

Dr. Kate Wilkin is the new Forest and Fire Adviser with UC Cooperative Extension in Butte, Nevada, Sutter, and Yuba Counties. She recently moved here from Berkeley, CA where she was postdoctoral researcher focused on wildfire emissions and fire-forest-water relations. Her PhD, also at UC Berkeley, focused on the efficacy of fuel treatments in Northern California shrublands to reduce fire hazards and on mixed conifer forest-fire-water and fire-biodiversity relations. Before moving to California, Kate grew up in rural Appalachia and then explored other fire-prone regions of the US as a natural resource manager and prescribed fire burner on public and nonprofit lands. Based on these experiences and more, she knows that we need to use solutions responsibly, both old and new, to solve our forest health crisis. Now more than ever we need collaborative and creative solutions, and she looks forward to being part of the solution. Kate will be focusing on incorporating fire safe concepts into residential landscaping. 

Matt Furtado, CAL FIRE and Nevada County Fire Prevention Planner, will teach techniques for preparing your driveways and access roads, rooves, vents, eaves, walls and decks to be as safe as possible before the height of fire season.

April 15th: Situational Awareness

Register for Code Red emergency alerts, learn more about Red Flag Warnings, and create a plan for possible Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services will review the importance of maintaining a variety of tools in your fire preparedness toolbox, including battery powered radios, landlines, charged cell phones, a full tank of gas, fully stocked Go-Bag, phone trees, carpool partners, phone trees, and devices connected to Code Red emergency alerts.

June 10th: Family Friendly Ready, Set, Go! 

Join CAL FIRE and Nevada County Consolidated Fire Department for an event that is fun for the whole family. Children and adults alike are invited to view a fire engine up close. Hear tips and techniques for keeping your family safe directly from first-responders. Build out your family evacuation plan, and learn what to include in your family's emergency supply kit and Go Bag.

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