Egress/Ingress Fire Safety Project

Project Description

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.

Frequently Asked Questions about the project are answered here.

Before and after photographs of a similar project that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) completed are shown below.                                                                                                         

photo before fuels treatment
photo after fuels treatment

Funding


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.


Environmental Review

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.  


Current Status

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.

Schedule
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
July 15 - July 27th 

Street

From

To

Hydraulic Ridge Close7-14-20217-14-2021
Sailor Flat Road7-14-2021
7-14-2021
Goldbug Road
7-14-2021
7-14-2021
Yuba Close7-14-2021
7-14-2021
Gas Canyon Rd7-14-2021
7-14-2021
China Close7-14-2021
7-14-2021
Aurora Close7-14-2021
7-14-2021
Gaston Close7-14-2021
7-14-2021
Baltic Close7-14-2021
7-14-2021
Nugget Street7-15-20217-15-2021
Mountain View Drive7-15-2021
7-15-2021
Quaker Hill Cross Road7-15-2021
7-16-2021
Banner Quaker Hill Road7-20-20217-22-2021
Pasquale Road7-22-20217-23-2021
*Alpha Road7-26-20217-26-2021
*Relief Hill Road7-26-20217-26-2021
*Maybert Road7-26-20217-27-2021
 *Tentative - Dependent on Humidity Levels



 


































 

 













Contact Information 


For more information about this project, please email Public.Works@co.nevada.ca.us or call (530) 265-1411. 


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