Are there plans for evacuation routes for Nevada County? If so, what are they?

Due to the highly variable nature of fire and the uniqueness of each emergency event, it is difficult to provide wildfire evacuation maps for the community. Evacuation routes will be determined in the event of a wildfire based on the direction the fire is moving and cannot be predetermined. Our approach is to have individuals be familiar with all main arterial, major/minor collector, as well as local roads near their home.

The best rule of thumb is to have at least 2 exit routes. We encourage every member of your family to know all possible ways to get out of your neighborhood in case one or more exit routes are blocked. The best way to familiarize yourself with possible exit routes is to take a day to drive your neighborhood. Relying on a map alone may not provide you the full picture, as road conditions, gates, and other obstacles are not shown or may change over time. We encourage you to prepare for low visibility and potential challenges specific to your situation. We also recommend that individuals have a printed map as GPS may not be available in an emergency.

 A general Emergency Preparedness Guide & Evacuation Plan may be printed and posted on your refrigerator to save for future use.

There is no “one size fits all” preparedness strategy.  Learn more about preparing your family for safe evacuations here   

Be ready to Go by learning evacuation and traffic terms here

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1. I am concerned about visitors to the area not being aware of fire danger. What can I do?
2. Are there plans for evacuation routes for Nevada County? If so, what are they?
3. How do we plan the best escape route? How can we help our in-town area?
4. Are there designated safe spots in case roads are clogged by vehicles evacuating? Can we use existing golf courses, school campuses and carve out more designated safe spots?
5. What is being done about County roads’ roadside vegetation?