Fire season is here. There have been several recent fires in District 4, including the Hutto Fire on the Yuba/Nevada County line, which burned 11 acres and triggered our first evacuation warning of 2021. Let it serve as a reminder of the value of our county’s new Zonehaven tool, which allows us to conduct emergency evacuations by zone. Please visit community.zonehaven.com to look up your evacuation zone. Once you know it, write it down multiple places so you won’t forget. Handy stickers and magnets are available in the Rood Center lobby and will soon be popping up at events, libraries, and fire stations throughout Nevada County.If you haven’t yet, be sure to sign up for CodeRED emergency alerts at ReadyNevadaCounty.org/EmergencyAlerts. Zonehaven does not replace CodeRED emergency alerts, but supplements it for a quick and safer evacuation by zone!
Also, it’s time to make sure your Go Bag is packed and refreshed. Check that medications and food are not expired and you’ve got the right sizes and supplies for everyone in the family, pets too. In the event of a fire, minutes count so save time now by reviewing the new Ready, Set, Go! Handbook. Every household was a mailed a copy and extras are available in the Rood Center lobby or online at https://mynevadacounty.com/2021RNCHandbook. You can also watch the Ready, Set, Go! Film with your family and talk through your preparedness plan here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi20VamkbqU.
For those of you working on creating defensible space around your home, keep in mind that it is now dry and hot enough that power tools could potentially spark a fire. Work in the morning when it’s cooler; and keep water and fire extinguishers nearby, too.
Since outdoor residential burning is no longer allowed, remember to make use of the upcoming free residential green waste disposal events:
June 11-14, 20217:00 am-3:00 pm, Friday–Monday12625 Brunswick Rd, Grass Valley, CAAccepted items: residential green waste, tree and plant trimmings, weeds, leaves, branches, and items less than six inches in diameter.Prohibited items: commercial green waste, Scotch broom, poison oak, oleander, blackberry, items with a diameter greater than six inches, tree stumps, root balls, household waste, and trash.