On December 5, 2018, Nevada County hosted a Wildfire Prevention and Preparedness Town Hall moderated by YubaNet and aired live on NCTV - Nevada County Television and KVMR 89.5FM & 105.1FM. Representatives from CAL FIRE, Nevada County Sheriff's Office, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, Grass Valley Police Department, Grass Valley Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, and Nevada County Public Works talked about fire prevention, preparedness, and safety within our local Nevada County community.
On the heels of the containment of the most destructive fire in California, the meeting was extremely well attended with almost 500 residents coming to the Eric Rood Administrative Center to watch the meeting, and many more tuning in live on KVMR, NCTV's website or on cable channel 17, and live Facebook video feeds.
Watch the video feed of the public meeting on our website, or read YubaNet's summary on their website.
Simultaneously, resource fair will took place in the lobby of the Rood Center during the panel presentation. Nevada County residents had the opportunity to speak with 211 Connecting Point, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services about CodeRED Emergency Alerts and preparedness resources, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County and the Fire Wise Coalition, Nevada County Conservation District, Nevada County Building Department, Nevada County Code Compliance, Nevada Irrigation District, Nevada County Adult Services, FREED, and UC Cooperative Extension to learn more about how to prevent and prepare for wildfire.
We want to thank YubaNet for initiating this community meeting on this important community topic, and helping to moderate discussions during Wednesday’s Town Hall.
Wildfire prevention continues to be a Board priority for Nevada County, and increased efforts around proactive community outreach will continue. Nevada County is in the initial planning stages for partnering to host a Wildfire Town Hall in the Truckee-Tahoe area. This year, Nevada County has applied for nearly $15,500,000 in grants to pursue wildfire prevention activities, including increased Green Waste sites throughout the County. The Nevada County Hazardous Vegetation Ordinance was recently updated and requires that 100 feet of defensible space is maintained around structures and roadways that serve as primary ingress and egress routes. Nevada County OES is looking into adding an additional Defensible Space Inspector throughout the winter to continue forward momentum on creating defensible space on private property throughout Nevada County.