Special Events

Special events sponsored and/or supported by the Office of Emergency Services and open to the public to attend.

  1. River Fire Recovery

    River Fire Recovery Resources

    Was your property lost or damaged in the River Fire? Find information on next steps at our River Fire Recovery website. Read on...
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    Fire Weather Watch Late Sunday Night into Tuesday Evening

    Fire Weather Watch late Sunday Night into Tuesday evening for the Delta and much of the Valley, the Coastal Range, and the Northern Sierra up to 5500 feet. For the Sierra, the strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Read on...
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    Apply for Defensible Space Assistance Today

    Nevada County received two grants to help low-income residents and citizens living with disabilities pay for defensible space. Residents interested in participating in the program may apply online today! Read on...
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    Nevada County Awarded FEMA Grant Funding for Defensible Space Assistance

    On September 28, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors passed two resolutions accepting grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The two programs will provide critical defensible space assistance. Read on...
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    Second Public Meeting Scheduled for Highway 49 Improvements

    Nevada County Transportation Commission in coordination with Caltrans District 3 has been working to develop the next phase of improvements on Highway 49 between La Barr Meadows Road and the McKnight Way interchange. Read on...
  6. South County Shaded Fuel Break

    County of Nevada Awarded CAL FIRE Funding for South County Shaded Fuel Break

    CAL FIRE recently announced that the County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services received grant funding to complete the South County Shaded Fuel Break. Read on...
  7. FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Centers for River Fire survivors to open Sept. 9-12

    FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Centers for River Fire survivors to open Sept. 9-12

    Placer and Nevada counties will continue their support for residents impacted by the River Fire with opportunities in both counties to connect with FEMA, CalOES and county representatives and apply for assistance. Read on...
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    No Cost Masks & Sanitizer Available for Small Businesses & Non-profits

    No cost PPE (masks and hand sanitizer) is available at locations across Nevada County for small businesses and non-profits while supplies last. Read on...
  9. Red Flag Warning 8.17.2021

    Red Flag Warning Tuesday Afternoon Through Wednesday Due to Breezy Winds and Low Humidity

    Red Flag Warning is now in effect from 1 pm today through 8 pm Wednesday for the mountains & portions of the Sacramento Valley due to gusty winds & extremely dry conditions. Read on...
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    Nevada County Evacuations Lifted for River Fire

    All evacuations for the River Fire have been lifted in Nevada County and are reflected in evacuation maps for Nevada County at www.ReadyNevadaCounty.org/Zonehaven. Read on...
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    CodeRED Emergency Alerts Explained: Understand Opt-in Alerts and the Mobile Alert App

    Nevada County Sheriff’s Office uses multiple communication tools to create a layered and redundant system to alert residents when a wildfire poses a serious potential threat to life and property. Read on...
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    Local Assistance Center for River Fire Survivors to Open Aug. 13-14

    With most mandatory evacuations now lifted for the River Fire, Placer and Nevada counties will continue their support for impacted residents with a joint local assistance center - a one-stop-shop for recovery and rebuilding information and resources. Read on...
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    Re-entry Passes Available for Residents Impacted by River Fire

    Nevada County is hosting a re-entry center today. The purpose of this event is to inform residents of damages to their property and to issue a pass that will allow homeowners to return to their properties in areas still closed to the public. Read on...
  14. River Fire Relief - NewsFlash

    Nevada County Relief Fund Seeks Donations for River Fire Survivors

    With over 4000 people evacuated, 2600 acres burned, and 76 structures destroyed, the River Fire is only 15% contained as of Thursday evening. The Nevada County Relief Fund established the “River Fire Fund” today to accept donations. Read on...
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    Red Flag Warning for Gusty Wind and Very Low Humidity this Afternoon through Thursday Evening

    Gusty wind, very low humidity, and extremely dry fuels combine to bring critical fire weather conditions this afternoon throughThursday evening. Read on...
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    Be Ready to “Go” During the Height of Fire Season

    Nevada County Office of Emergency Services shares more Ready, Set, Go! tips for wildfire season Read on...
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    Emergency Preparedness Materials Available at Libraries, Police and Fire Stations

    This summer, OES will be at the Nevada City First Friday Artwalk, the Grass Valley Thursday Night Market, and the Nevada County Fair to help residents prepare for wildfire. While out on the town or on Treat Street, stop by the OES booth to learn more. Read on...
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    Annual Test of CodeRED Emergency Alert System Scheduled for August 16

    As fires like the Dixie and Tamarack burn nearby, a community conversation around wildfire, evacuation and emergency alert notifications has resurfaced. Residents are asking, ‘how will I know if I need to evacuate?’ Read on...
  19. OES - Cooling Center NewsFlash (1)

    Nevada County Cooling Centers Available Saturday & Sunday at the Grass Valley & Penn Valley Library

    National Weather Service Sacramento has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for portions of Nevada County Friday at noon through Monday evening. Cooling Centers will open at the Grass Valley & Penn Valley libraries from 11am - 7pm on Saturday & Sunday. Read on...
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    Nevada City Artwalk Returns with Support from Ready Nevada County

    Office of Emergency Services (OES) will be on hand in front of the Miners Foundry with Ready Nevada County materials to help residents and visitors prepare for a safe summer. Read on...
  21. Wildfire Town Hall

    Nevada County Residents Invited to In-person Wildfire Town Hall

    Nevada County District IV Supervisor Sue Hoek is hosting a town hall covering topics related to public safety, wildfire prevention, preparedness and response, and public roadways in Nevada City on Tuesday June 29, 2021. Read on...
  22. Roadside Vegetation Management Tracker (1)

    County of Nevada Launches Tool to Track Treatment of Evacuation Routes

    A new mapping tool, the Roadside Vegetation Management Tracker, is now available on the Ready Nevada County Dashboard to help residents view which evacuation routes the Nevada County Public Works Department has treated. Read on...
  23. Beat The Heat - NWS

    Excessive Heat Warning into this Weekend and Power Flex Alert Today

    NWS Sacramento has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for portions of Nevada County through Sunday evening. Higher temperatures can be dangerous for all people but especially the very young, senior citizens, and those with chronic medical conditions. Read on...
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    Listen to the Experts: Know Your Zone and Write It Down

    Authorities will use Zone Names in emergency alerts, media releases, and social media to notify residents which areas are under an evacuation warning or order. It does not replace CodeRED or Nixle but supplements them. Read on...
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    The 2021 Ready, Set, Go! Handbook is Here

    The 2021 Ready, Set, Go! Handbook has arrived! All Nevada County residents are encouraged to check their mailboxes this week as copies have been sent to every household. Read on...
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    Free Residential Green Waste Disposal Launches Friday, May 21, in Grass Valley

    The first of two free residential green waste disposal events for Nevada County residents kicks off this Friday, May 21. Residents will have an opportunity to drop off their green waste for free, Friday, May 21 - Monday, May 24, from 7:00 am -3:00 pm. Read on...
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    Free Residential Green Waste Disposal Launches Friday, May 14, in Truckee

    Free residential green waste disposal for Nevada County residents kicks off this Friday, May 14, 2021, at the Truckee Rodeo Grounds from 8:00 am-2:00 pm. Read on...
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    Volunteers Needed for Free Residential Green Waste Events

    County of Nevada is proud to be partnering with the Fire Safe Council, Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, Town of Truckee, and Truckee Fire Protection District to bring free green waste disposal back to residents this May and June! Read on...
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    Nevada County Launches New Zone Evacuation Technology

    This week, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services officially launches a new zone-based evacuation technology to complement the ongoing Ready Nevada County tools and strategy. Residents are asked to visit to look up their zone. Read on...
  30. NCTC Climate Event Mobility (1)

    You're Invited! Join the Conversation May 5

    The Nevada County Transportation Commission invites community members to participate in the first workshop to develop the READY Nevada County Extreme Climate Event Mobility and Adaptation Plan. Read on...
  31. 2021 Burn Permits Required

    BURN PERMITS REQUIRED MAY 1st, 2021

    Saturday, May 1st, 2021, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit will require burn permits for residential vegetative material pile burning within Nevada, Yuba, and Placer Counties. Read on...
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    Watch Ready, Set, Go! Preparedness Film

    This short film version of the Ready, Set, Go! Handbook was created to educate more people on specific steps to wildfire and emergency preparedness in Nevada County. Read on...
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    Teen Community Emergency Response Team Bolstered by Homeland Security Grant Purchase

    With wildfire season fast approaching many organizations are getting ready. One of those organizations is the Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. Read on...
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    Free Green Waste Disposal and Mulch Opportunities Return to Nevada County in May & June

    Free residential green waste disposal and mulch opportunities return to Nevada County in May and June. Residents are encouraged to start staging green waste now to take full advantage of a shorter schedule. Read on...
  35. Yuba Bear Burn Cooperative

    Prescribed Burn on Saturday April 3rd, North of Nevada City Near Round Mountain

    A prescribed burn will be conducted on .5 acres of private land on the north side of Round Mountain. It will be directed by a retired firefighter/forester experienced in conducting burns. Personnel will be volunteers from the Yuba Bear Burn Cooperative. Read on...
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    Develop Defensible with Backyard Burning

    At this time of year, open residential backyard burning is allowed in unincorporated Nevada County without a permit from CAL FIRE or a local fire district. As weather warms, CAL FIRE will announce when burn permits will be required. Read on...
  37. Residential Debris Burn

    Build Defensible Space with Residential Debris Burning

    Fire season will be here soon. Now is the perfect time of year to make your property more resilient to wildfire. To increase the likelihood that your home will withstand a wildfire, it is critical to implement defensible space. Read on...
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    Town of Washington Builds Resilience through New Cal OES Funding and Food Bank Drive

    On March 12, The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) approved the FY 2020-21 Community Power Resiliency allocation in the amount of $101,024 to serve the Town of Washington. Read on...
  39. Paul and Nancy

    Nevada County Couple Develops Defensible Space Along Evacuation Route

    Paul and Nancy, both in their 80s, brought their road into compliance by clearing approximately five hundred and fifty feet of hazardous vegetation along their roadway! Read on...
  40. Nevada County Divided into Evacuation Zones Across the County

    Nevada County OES, Law, and Fire Agencies Spearhead Zone-based Evacuation Planning

    The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (Nevada County OES) is excited to announce a new pilot project for countywide zone-based evacuation planning that is now underway. Read on...
  41. Weather Warning

    Travel Impacts This Weekend - Next Week Due to Multiple Winter Storms

    National Weather Service Sacramento is forecasting moderate to heavy mountain snow in the northern Sierra region. Motorists conducting essential travel are being alerted to a series of storms which will bring impactful winter weather across Northern CA. Read on...
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    Winter Storm Watch Issued Friday-Saturday which Will Impact Essential Travel in Mountains

    NWS Sacramento is forecasting heavy mountain snow in the northern Sierra region. Motorists conducting essential travel are being alerted to a series of storms which will bring impactful winter weather across Northern California this weekend. Read on...
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    PSPS Event 12/07/20: Outage Watch. Shutoffs likely

    A Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) occurs in response to severe weather. Power is turned off to help prevent wildfire. PG&E will attempt to notify affected customers by phone, text and email. Read on...
  44. 12.7.2020 PSPS

    Potential Early Monday PSPS Event

    PG&E has notified customers in targeted portions of 15 counties and five tribal communities about a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) starting early Monday morning (Dec. 7). Read on...
  45. Safe Burn Pile

    Tips & Tricks for Safe Pile Burning to Reduce Fire Risk

    Pile burning is an efficient tool to help residents develop defensible space and implement land stewardship practices. As residents wisely use these cooler months to make their properties more resilient to wildfire, we have a few tips and tricks to share. Read on...
  46. JLCEM 11.30.2020

    Nevada County Office of Emergency Services Advocates for Rural Counties at Legislative Hearing

    On Monday, the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management met to address Emergency Response to Disasters. Nevada County Office of Emergency Services Program Manager, Paul Cummings, testified to the unique challenges faced by rural counties. Read on...
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    Now Available: North San Juan Community Wildfire Virtual Town Hall

    In case you missed it, a recording of the November 19 North San Juan Community Wildfire Virtual Town Hall is now available! Read on...
  48. Nevada County SatRunner (1)

    Sheriff and OES Purchase Satellite System to Increase Communication Resiliency

    Nevada County’s rugged landscape can make communication for first responders difficult. Thanks to funding from a Federal Homeland Security Grant, the Sheriff’s Office now has a device which provides critical cellular and WiFi communications via satellite. Read on...
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    Thursday, Nov. 19 North San Juan Community Wildfire Virtual Town Hall

    You are invited! Join us for an important conversation with District IV Supervisor Hoek and a panel of local wildfire and preparedness experts. Read on...
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    Nevada County OES Offers Free Sandbags and Winterizing Tips

    Being Ready Nevada County, means being ready for anything. Winter weather is here and the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) would like to remind residents that free sand and sandbags are available at four locations. Read on...
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    Nevada, Yuba, Placer and Sierra Counties Burn Suspension Lifted

    Effective Monday, November 16, 2020, at 8:00 AM the burn suspension in Nevada, Yuba, Placer and Sierra Counties will be lifted. CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief Brian Estes is formally cancelling the burn suspension. Read on...
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    Local Homeowners Organize and Receive $51,000 to Be Ready for Wildfire

    On the edge of Western Nevada County lies a community who is taking fire mitigation into their own hands. The Big Oak Street Tenders, Inc., located in Smartsville, formed two years ago to collectively maintain 22 miles of overgrown private roadway. Read on...
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    North San Juan Community Wildfire Virtual Town Hall

    Join us for an important conversation with District Supervisor Hoek and a panel of local wildfire and preparedness experts. Read on...
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    No Cost Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Permit Fee Waivers Support Local Business Community

    The County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services (OES) is offering local small business owners, with 25 employees or less, masks and hand sanitizer at no cost. Read on...
  55. Work Begins on Ponderosa West Project

    Work Begins on Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Shaded Fuel Break

    Grass Valley- CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit in cooperation with Nevada County and the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County began work on County of Nevada property as part of the Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Project. Read on...
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    Ready Nevada County at First Friday Art Walk

    Ready Nevada County, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, & Nevada City First Friday Art Walk join forces for a summer-long series of mixers. The event will be a casual mix of art, socializing, & education focused on fire prevention & preparedness. Read on...