Prepare for fire season this year with our combined Fire Season Guide and Fire Evacuation Guide (PDF). Fire season is upon us, and with enough rain and snowpack to lift us out of our five year drought also comes heavy vegetation growth which puts our community at a high fire risk. These two guides are a collaboration of many local agencies and organizations, including Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services, Nevada County Sheriff's Office, and Nevada County Search and Rescue.
Higher elevations, such as Truckee, are in the "below normal" category for this year's wildfire prediction due to the record breaking snowpack we've received this winter, while all lower valley elevations, including most of Western Nevada County, falls under the "above normal" category for wildfire prediction.
Human Activity - Be Cautious
Human activity causes 95% of wildfires and the best way to actively prevent wildfires this season is by creating a defensible space around structures and outbuildings. Even with defensible space as a preventative measure, precaution is still necessary. It only takes one spark to start a wildfire.