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Posted on: October 8, 2021

Fire Weather Watch Late Sunday Night into Tuesday Evening

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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 feetGusty north to northeast winds will develop late Sunday night and continue through Tuesday across the...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: October 8, 2021

Apply for Defensible Space Assistance Today

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We have good news to share! Nevada County received two grants to help low-income residents and citizens living with disabilities pay for defensible space. This is a cost-share program. The grant will cover 75% of the cost to complete defensible s...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: September 28, 2021

Nevada County Awarded FEMA Grant Funding for Defensible Space Assistance

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September 28, 2021, Nevada City, CA— On Tuesday, September 28, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors passed two resolutions accepting grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The two prog...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: September 15, 2021

Second Public Meeting Scheduled for Highway 49 Improvements

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Submitted by Nevada County Transportation CommissionNevada 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...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: September 14, 2021

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

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CAL FIRE recently announced that the County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services received grant funding to complete the South County Shaded Fuel Break. The total cost of the project is $1,038,230, with $952,610 provided by CAL FIRE and an in-kind match ...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: September 3, 2021

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. 

FEMA's Mobile Registration Intak...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: August 23, 2021

No Cost Masks & Sanitizer Available for Small Businesses & Non-profits

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No cost PPE (masks and hand sanitizer) is available at locations across Nevada County for small businesses and non-profits while supplies last.  

Western Nevada County Pickup Locations:

Please note hours of operation vary.

Grass Valley Chambers of C...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: August 17, 2021

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

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Locally breezy south to southwest winds expected Tuesday afternoon, especially along the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada. Then winds will shift to the north to northeast and increase Tuesday evening across much of the Sacramento Valley, surrounding te...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: August 16, 2021

Nevada County Evacuations Lifted for River Fire

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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. The Nevada County Sheriff's Office kept local roadblocks and evacuation orders in ...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: August 13, 2021

CodeRED Emergency Alerts Explained: Understand Opt-in Alerts and the Mobile Alert App

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 NEVADA CITY, August 12, 2021— During wildfire events, 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 thre...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: August 9, 2021

Local Assistance Center for River Fire Survivors to Open Aug. 13-14

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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.

The c...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: August 9, 2021

River Fire Recovery Resources

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Was your property lost or damaged in the River Fire? Find information on next steps at our River Fire Recovery website.

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Posted on: August 9, 2021

Re-entry Passes Available for Residents Impacted by River Fire

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Nevada County is hosting a re-entry center today Monday, August 9 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Bear River High School, 11130 Magnolia Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949.  Residents will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from the Nevada Coun...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: August 5, 2021

Nevada County Relief Fund Seeks Donations for River Fire Survivors

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With over 4000 people evacuated, 2600 acres burned, and 76 structures destroyed, the River Fire is only 15% contained as of Thursday evening with scores of homes still threatened. 

In resp...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: August 4, 2021

Red Flag Warning for Gusty Wind and Very Low Humidity this Afternoon through Thursday Evening

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Published by National Weather Service 11:07 am PDT on August 4, 2021Gusty wind, very low humidity, and extremely dry fuels combine to bring critical fire weather conditions over the Northern and Central Sacramento Valley and Coastal Range mountains this a...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: August 2, 2021

Be Ready to “Go” During the Height of Fire Season

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Wildfire season is here. Are you prepared to leave at a moment’s notice? Do you have ample emergency supplies on hand to withstand a prolonged planned power outage due to heightened fire risk? Now is the time to review ...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: July 23, 2021

Emergency Preparedness Materials Available at Libraries, Police and Fire Stations

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This summer, the Office of Emergency Services 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 your way to Treat Street,...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: July 21, 2021

Annual Test of CodeRED Emergency Alert System Scheduled for August 16

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July 22, 2021, Nevada City—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 ev...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: July 8, 2021

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

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National Weather Service Sacramento has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for portions of Nevada County beginning Friday at noon through Monday evening. Higher temperatures can be dangerous for all people but especially the very young, senior citizens, and...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: July 1, 2021

Nevada City Artwalk Returns with Support from Ready Nevada County

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Nevada City Artwalk returns to Downtown Nevada City after a pandemic hiatus. The family-friendly art event held downtown has historically been supported by merchants, local artists, and musicians who set art up in their shops and on the streets of Commerc...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: June 23, 2021

Nevada County Residents Invited to In-person Wildfire Town Hall

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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 29th, 2021, at the North Columbia Schoolhous...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: June 22, 2021

County of Nevada Launches Tool to Track Treatment of Evacuation Routes

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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. Residents may monitor the number of...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: June 17, 2021

Excessive Heat Warning into this Weekend and Power Flex Alert Today

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National Weather Service 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 medic...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Listen to the Experts: Know Your Zone and Write It Down

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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.

Not every incident will require the u...

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Posted on: May 21, 2021

The 2021 Ready, Set, Go! Handbook is Here

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Nevada County, CA–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. Extra copies will be available in the Eric Rood Center lo...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: May 20, 2021

Free Residential Green Waste Disposal Launches Friday, May 21, in Grass Valley

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Nevada County, CA—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 at no cost to them, Friday, May 21 throug...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: May 13, 2021

Free Residential Green Waste Disposal Launches Friday, May 14, in Truckee

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Truckee, CA—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. Volunteers from the Town of Truckee Police Department will be on-site to help with traffi...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: May 7, 2021

Volunteers Needed for Free Residential Green Waste Events

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This May and June, the 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! Don&...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Nevada County Launches New Zone Evacuation Technology

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Law Enforcement, Fire, and the County’s Office of Emergency Services urge residents to know their zone.

This week, the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services officially launches a new zone-based evacuation technology to complement the ongoing...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: April 29, 2021

You're Invited! Join the Conversation May 5

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Submitted by the Nevada County Transportation CommissionThe 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.

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: April 29, 2021

BURN PERMITS REQUIRED MAY 1st, 2021

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Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit CAL FIIRE NEWS RELEASECalifornia Department of Forestry and Fire ProtectionAuburn- Saturday, May 1st, 2021, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit will require burn permits for ...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: April 23, 2021

Watch Ready, Set, Go! Preparedness Film

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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.  Residents are encouraged to watch, share, and discuss with loved ones this film...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: April 23, 2021

Teen Community Emergency Response Team Bolstered by Homeland Security Grant Purchase

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With wildfire season fast approaching many organizations are getting ready.  One of those organizations is the Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. The Teen CERT program is overseen by the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Free Green Waste Disposal and Mulch Opportunities Return to Nevada County in May & June

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Residents are encouraged to start staging green waste now to take full advantage of a shorter schedule.

Nevada County, April 13, 2021  Once again, the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services is pleased to announce the return of the f...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: April 2, 2021

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

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A prescribed burn will be conducted on one-half acre of private land on Merrimas Way between Rock Creek Road and Hudson Road on the north side of Round Mountain. It will be directed by a retired firefighter/forester experienced in conducting burns. Person...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Develop Defensible with Backyard Burning

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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 and humidity levels drop, CAL FIRE will soon announce when burn permits will be r...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: March 18, 2021

Build Defensible Space with Residential Debris Burning

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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. 

What is defensible...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: March 17, 2021

Town of Washington Builds Resilience through New Cal OES Funding and Food Bank Drive

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Town of Washington Builds Resilience through New Cal OES Funding and Food Bank Drive

The Town of Washington builds a safer future for visitors and residents through local, regional and state collaboration and funding.

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Nevada County Couple Develops Defensible Space Along Evacuation Route

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Nevada County’s Defensible Space Inspection program creates safer evacuation routes and properties by educating homeowners on the importance of defensible space. Over the past several months, the Nevada County Defensible Space Inspection (DSI) t...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: February 24, 2021

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

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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. This unprecedented local initiative involves the collaboration of all the Cou...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: December 31, 2020

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

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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 Calif...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: December 23, 2020

Winter Storm Watch Issued Friday-Saturday which Will Impact Essential Travel in Mountains

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National Weather Service 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 w...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: December 6, 2020

PSPS Event 12/07/20: Outage Watch. Shutoffs likely

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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.

In areas affected by a shutoff, PG&E opens daytime Com...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: December 4, 2020

Potential Early Monday PSPS Event

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Submitted by PG&E:

Potential Early Monday PSPS Event: Forecasted High Winds and Dry Conditions Mean PG&E Might Need to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety in Targeted Portions of 15 Counties and Five Tribal Communities

Approximately 130,000 custom...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: December 4, 2020

Tips & Tricks for Safe Pile Burning to Reduce Fire Risk

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Mid-November, CAL FIRE NEU Unit Chief Estes lifted the burn suspension in Nevada, Yuba, and Placer Counties. Nevada County residents are now able to burn dry green waste on permissible burn days.

Pile burning is a necessary and efficient tool which helps r...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: December 1, 2020

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

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For immediate Release: December 1, 2020

Nevada City, CA—While there has been some rain recently, much of the State, including Nevada County, is in a drought and the threat of Wildfire still exists. On Monday the 30th of November, California&r...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: November 24, 2020

Now Available: North San Juan Community Wildfire Virtual Town Hall

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Did you miss the North San Juan Community Wildfire Virtual Town Hall held on November 19? The recording of the meeting is now available!

Speakers included:

  • District IV Supervisor Hoek
  •  CAL FIRE NEU Division Chief Mathias
  •  CAL FIRE NEU Battal...
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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: November 24, 2020

Sheriff and OES Purchase Satellite System to Increase Communication Resiliency

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Nevada County’s rugged landscape can make communication for first responders difficult when emergencies strike in river canyons and parts of the County with limited telecommunications infrastructure. Radio coverage can be spotty, and many times cell and d...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: November 19, 2020

Thursday, Nov. 19 North San Juan Community Wildfire Virtual Town Hall

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You are Invited!

Join us for an important conversation with District IV Supervisor Hoek and a panel of local wildfire and preparedness experts.

Have your questions about evacuations and communication challenges answered. Learn more about how you can get inv...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: November 20, 2020

Nevada County OES Offers Free Sandbags and Winterizing Tips

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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.

  • Next to the Nevada County...
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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: November 16, 2020

Nevada, Yuba, Placer and Sierra Counties Burn Suspension Lifted

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Auburn- 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 and advises residents the...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: November 6, 2020

Local Homeowners Organize and Receive $51,000 to Be Ready for Wildfire

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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. Motiva...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: November 4, 2020

North San Juan Community Wildfire Virtual Town Hall

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You are Invited!

Join us for an important conversation with District IV Supervisor Hoek and a panel of local wildfire and preparedness experts.

Have your questions about evacuations and communication challenges answered. Learn more about how you can get inv...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: October 30, 2020

No Cost Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Permit Fee Waivers Support Local Business Community

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 PPE requests must be made in advance: www.MyNevadaCounty.com/PPENevada City, CAThe County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services (OES) is offering local small business owners, with 25 employees or less, masks and han...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: August 23, 2019

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

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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.

Crews from CAL FIRE Washing...

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Office of Emergency Services
Posted on: May 23, 2019

Ready Nevada County at First Friday Art Walk

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Ready Nevada County at First Friday Art Walk

Ready Nevada County, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, and Nevada City First Friday Art Walk join forces for a summer-long series of Ready, Set, Go Mixers in Nevada City, June 7, July 5, August 2, 5:00-9:00 P.M.

Th...

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