Friday Memo, County of Nevada
Wildfire in woods

Red Flag Warning Issued for Eastern Nevada County

Eastern Nevada County has been issued a Red Flag Warning, the highest alert for fire danger, by the National Weather Service (NWS).

NWS is saying this is a particularly dangerous situation with extremely low humidity and high winds. New fires will grow rapidly out of control, in some cases people may not be able to evacuate safely in time should a fire approach.

It is extremely important for residents to be prepared to evacuate if necessary, and have a go bag ready. Find preparedness resources and guides online on CAL FIRE’s Ready for Wildfire website, and Nevada County Fire Season Guide.

Residents can also help prevent fires. Be fire safe by avoiding outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation such as yard work with lawnmowers or power equipment that creates sparks, target shooting, or campfires. Make sure to follow local fire restrictions.

For residents who live in the unincorporated areas near Truckee and in Eastern Nevada County, remember to sign up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts. CodeRED Emergency Alerts notify residents when an emergency event, such as an evacuation, is happening in their neighborhood.

Visit National Weather Service Reno’s website for weather updates on the Red Flag Warning.

Nevada County Public Health Assists Shasta County with Carr Fire Shelters

On July 23rd, the Carr Fire started, affecting Shasta and Trinity counties. To date, CAL FIRE reports over 130,000 acres burned, over 1,000 residences destroyed, and only 39 percent containment.

On Saturday, July 28th, the Nevada County Public Health Department (NCPHD) received a formal resource request for nurses to provide assistance in the Shasta County evacuation shelters, and NCPHD was able to be part of a multi-county response to that request. Our Public Health Nurse, Jonte Vega, worked two overnight, 12-hour shifts at a Redding-based shelter before Shasta County residents were able to start repopulating their homes, and the request for additional nurses was withdrawn.

Jonte is NCPHD’s Immunization Coordinator. He arrived to work early Monday morning, and when he heard of the request, he readily volunteered. While Jonte has not worked in an emergency shelter before, he has home health experience which can be quite useful in a shelter setting. According to Jonte, “It was inspiring to see so many people coming together to help a community when it needed it the most.” We are grateful for Jonte’s commitment to community and feel certain that this experience will prove to be valuable to our own residents should we need to provide emergency sheltering here in Nevada County.

Nevada County staff has reached out to Shasta County to offer support and additional staff resources if needed.

Back-to-School Vaccination Clinic with photo of school kids

Back-to-School Vaccination Clinics

School is starting soon, are your children prepared? Among the class schedules, parent nights, and school supply needs, it is easy to overlook a vital part of back to school preparation: Immunizations! Vaccinations are part of the entry requirements for school, so if you think your child might be behind, now is the time to start talking with your children's doctor about getting them up-to-date.

For children without a medical home, who are uninsured or who have Medi-Cal, Nevada County Public Health will be holding a Back-to-School Clinics in both Grass Valley and in Truckee. Don’t forget to bring printed shot records for your child to the clinic.

Grass Valley:
Stop by the Grass Valley Veteran's Hall at 255 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley on Tuesday, August 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Stop by the Public Health Department in the Joseph Center at 10075 Levon Avenue in Truckee on Thursday, August 30th, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

In accordance with the Vaccines for Children program, eligible children must be 18 years old or younger, have no health insurance, or be Medi-Cal eligible, or Native American/Alaskan Native. For those children 18 and younger who do not meet these criteria, a limited supply of vaccine will be available for purchase. Prices vary per vaccine. Wait times will vary with capacity.

For additional information, please contact Jonte Vega at (530) 265-7265 or visit Nevada County Public Health’s website. Please note that these are a cash or check only events.

Marriage Certificate

Recording Fees Waived for Documents Lost in Recent California Fires

On July 26th, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued emergency proclamations for Riverside, Shasta and Mariposa counties due to the effects of the Cranston, Carr, and Ferguson fires, which have destroyed homes and structures, threatened critical infrastructure, and caused power outages and the evacuations of residents.

Additionally, on July 28th, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Lake, Mendocino, and Napa counties due to the effects of the River, Ranch, and Steele fires, which have destroyed homes, threatened critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents.

Pursuant to these Proclamations of a State Emergency, all fees for certified copies of birth, death, and marriage records are suspended for any individual who lost such records as a result of the wildfires.  These Proclamation Orders will remain in effect until the Governor terminates the State of Emergency.  Copies of these Proclamations are available for viewing on the Governor’s website for Riverside and Shasta counties; Mariposa County; and Lake, Mendocino, and Napa counties.

The website for the California Department of Public Health-Vital Records provides information on getting certified copies of vital records. When requesting free copies of a vital records, victims of the fires should state on the application, "Wildfire", and complete the enclosed sworn statement declaring under penalty of perjury that they are a victim.  The sworn statement for wildfire victims is a combined sworn statement which also includes the sworn statement required by Health and Safety Code Section 103526.  For requests sent to the California Department of Public Health-Vital Records (CDPH-VR), victims should additionally make the notation "Wildfire" on the front of the mailing envelope for faster processing. The application and combined sworn statement must be submitted to complete the request.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the CDPH-VR, Quality Assurance and Production Section at (916) 552-8116. 

Horse Statue outside Nevada County Fairgrounds

Heading to the Nevada County Fair?

The Nevada County Fair starts next week on Wednesday, August 8th. Get a free ride with free fares on all Gold Country Stage routes with free shuttle buses to the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Stop by the Nevada County Library’s Virtual Reality (VR) Experience exhibit in the Northern Mines Building, or talk to our Office of Emergency Services’ Defensible Space Inspectors (DSI) about defensible space, fire safety, or signing up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts.

Ride with Gold Country Stage:
Gold Country Stage will provide free fares on all routes and the shuttle bus to the Nevada County Fair stating Wednesday, August 8th, through Sunday, August 12th.  Fair-goers can catch the Grass Valley Shuttle Bus from Church and Neal Streets, at Tri Counties Bank, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. The Shuttle runs every 30 minutes with stops at the Pine Creek and K-Mart Shopping Centers and the Tinloy Transit Center. Last departure from the Fair is 10:30 p.m.

For Gold Country Stage information on routes and the shuttle call (530) 477-0103 x 0, or visit Nevada County Transit’s website. Free Fare Days is funded through the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP).

VR Experience with the Nevada County Library:
The Nevada County Community Library (NCCL) is collaborating with the California State Library and XRLibraries for an exciting Virtual Reality (VR) Experience at the Nevada County Fair in the Northern Mines Building.

The VR Experience exhibit will include the Virtual Sandbox, an immersive and tactile learning environment where users manipulate the miniature landscape, while a 3D camera collects elevation data to update a topographic map projected directly onto the sandbox in real time. Visitors to the VR Experience Library booth can also explore the Getting Virtual equipment, which takes participants to distant lands where time and place are interchangeable or try out Augmented Reality (AR) Tattoos and see your temporary tattoo come alive! NCCL Youth Services staff will also be on hand registering new users for library cards and offering fun activities for all ages, including Sphero robots.

Fire Safety with the Office of Emergency Services:
Defensible Space Inspectors from Nevada County’s Office of Emergency Services will be at the CAL FIRE and Tahoe National Forest gazebo to connect with residents about being fire safe. County staff will be able to assist residents in signing up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts or requesting a Defensible Space Inspection for their home or neighborhood. Staff can also answer fire safety questions and help connect residents to local resources.

Road Closed Ahead sign

Road Closure on Summit Ridge for Roadwork on August 9th

Summit Ridge Road, between Little York Court and Banner Quaker Hill Road, in Nevada City will be closed to through traffic for utility work and/or roadwork on August 9th. The closure will take place between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., weather permitting. Access to businesses or residences will be maintained, however through traffic will be required to use an alternate route.

Please observe all traffic control signs and the instructions of onsite personnel. Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience. For more details, contact the County of Nevada Department of Public Works at (530) 265-1411

Air Quality Advisory Continues

The Public Health Officers for Nevada County and the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District are extending a joint Air Quality Health Advisory to notify the public of potentially poor air quality conditions through August 6th resulting from various wildfires.  Conditions are expected to vary from Good to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, and possibly reach the Unhealthy range in some areas, depending on wind direction and other factors.  Forecast breezy conditions could lead to increased fire activity but also periodic clearing.  Ozone levels are expected to reach the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range in western Nevada County, especially on Thursday and Friday, exacerbating the health effects of smoke.
Exposure to elevated PM2.5 (fine particulate matter in smoke) concentrations can result in eye and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, congestion, coughing, impaired lung function and chest pain, especially among sensitive individuals such as the elderly, children, people with asthma, people with heart or lung conditions, pregnant women, and anyone who is exercising or working hard outdoors.
If you smell or see smoke around you, the following actions are recommended:

  • Minimize outdoor activities even if you are healthy
  • Stay indoors with doors and windows closed as much as possible; run the air conditioner on the "recirculate" setting if that is an option
  • People with asthma should follow their asthma management plan
  • People with heart disease, respiratory or chronic health issues should stay indoors
  • Contact your doctor if you have symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe fatigue
  • Keep airways moist and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Avoid breathing additional smoke, such as from cigarettes or barbecues 

Near real-time air quality conditions may be found online at Spare the Air – Air Quality Information for the Sacramento Region or on Northern Sierra Air Quality District’s website.  As you view the most recent data, take into consideration that conditions can change rapidly due to wind shifts; it is wise to monitor the smoke throughout the day and make plans accordingly.

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