Nevada City, CA
Wildfire Preparedness

Nevada City Conducting Inspections of All Parcels in the City for Vegetation Management Compliance Inspection Notice Defensible Space


Nevada City is fortunate to partner with local and federal agencies for resources.

View the Dashboard for real-time information on PSPS Outages, Red Flag Warnings, Code Red Alerts and Evacuation Warnings.

Ready Nevada County/Office of Emergency Services has information on defensible space and preparing a preparedness plan.    Download the Ready, Set, Go Handbook for all the information you need to get started.   

Have you signed up for the CodeRed Alert System?  CodeRED sends alerts to your mobile device or your landline via text message, phone call, or email if an emergency is happening in your neighborhood

When creating your Defensible space here are some helpful tools: 

Nevada City Vegetation Ordinance

Hazardous Vegetation Complaint Form

FREE Chipping Program

Access and Functional Needs support

Ready, Set, Go Handbook

Defensible Space Advisory Visit, Chipping Program available through Fire Safe Council

Are you part of a Firewise Community (FWC)?  The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County coordinates the Firewise USA program.  Firewise Communities raise awareness, organize at the community level, coordinate work parties, and take action to create fire-adapted communities through the implementation of defensible space standards. You can look up by your street address to see if your neighborhood is part of a FWC and if you are not, steps to create your own.   

Nevada City Firewise Communities and how to reach them

Cascade Shores: Ann Merdinger; 530-264-7050; [email protected] 

Cement Hill: Annette Seabury; 925-642-3799; [email protected] 

Greater Champion: Vicki Reader; 530-470-0428; [email protected] 

Deer Creek Southside: Teri Voorhes; 650-740-9678; [email protected] 

Echo Ridge: TBD

Foxwood-Slate Creek: Curt Williams; 530-615-6854; [email protected]

Friends of Banner Mountain: Jeff Peach; 530-265-6105; [email protected] 

Lake Vera-Round Mountain: Gloria Novak; 530-478-9608; [email protected] 

Willow Valley: Phil Horning; 530-559-3142; [email protected] 

Nevada City Fire Safety Committee - A collaboration between the Fire Department, City Staff, City Council Member and Members of our Nevada City Firewise Communities established in 2020.   Agenda and Minutes are posted and the public is invited to join us at regular meetings.



Situational Awareness and being prepared for Evacuation are key.   

Nevada County Office of Emergency Services offers many tools to help you prepare.   At you can walk through the steps of making your plan.  You will find steps to prepare your Go-Bag, Prepping for Your Pets, Find Your Five and identify trusted resources to keep you updated.   More Go-Bag tools can be found at Fire Safe Council. 

The Ready Nevada County Dashboard includes an Evacuation Route Pre-Planner where you can become familiar with options. 

There are many trusted resources identified to give you updates:  Trusted Resources include 211YubaNet , KVMR and KNCO .


Remember to check the Ready Nevada County Dashboard for real-time updates on local fires.  

Have you signed up for the CodeRed Alert SystemCodeRED sends alerts to your mobile device or your landline via text message, phone call, or email if an emergency is happening in your neighborhood

In the case of Immediate Evacuation, Nevada County has established the Hi-Lo Siren.  Become familiar with the sound by listening here.  

As you evacuate Nevada County has created an Evacuation Tag to alert response teams that you have departed.   

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