Access & Functional Needs (AFN)

Low-income senior residents or those with medical disabilities may qualify for assistance with defensible space clearing.

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Defensible Space Advisory Visit (DSAV)

This program is a one-on-one consultation at your home to provide you friendly, knowledgeable advice on what you can do to reduce the threat of losing your home in a wildfire.

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Chipping Program

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County offers chipping of brush cleared for defensible space of any permanent structure, and/or 30 feet from any roadside or driveway used for evacuation purposes.

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Address Signs

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County creates Reflective Safety Address Signs so Public Safety personnel can find you in an emergency.

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Firewise USA®

The Firewise USA® Program provides resources to help homeowners learn how to adapt to living with wildfire while teaching and encouraging neighborhoods to come together to take action to reduce their wildfire risks. Downloadable forms on how to become a Firewise Community available.

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Scotch Broom Challenge

Create a team to start physically removing this highly flammable, invasive plant.

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Residential Green Waste Disposal 2023

Fire Safe Council of Nevada County is busy planning Free Residential Green Waste Disposal Days 2023 in collaboration with the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services and CAL FIRE.

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Defensible Space Clearing Service (DSCS)

Defensible space is the first line of defense against wildfire. Removing highly flammable vegetation, including tall grasses, heavy brush, and hazardous tree branches within 100ft of a home.

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Know Your Zone

Look up your Zone Haven Evacuation Zone today so that you are prepared in advance.

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Register for CodeRED

Click here to register for CodeRED Alerts to your home phone, mobile phone, or email address. Don't forget that CodeRed is half of the evacuation system information. After you register here, go to ZoneHaven to get your Zone number. Your emergency alerts in the event of a wildfire evacuation will make reference to the Zone Number, so you need that information.

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Defensible Space

Defensible space is the buffer between structures on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround them. Creating defensible space is essential to improving your home's chances of surviving a wildfire.

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Home Hardening

Learn how you can protect your home from embers by using ember resistant building materials.

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2022 Wildfire Season Preparedness Guide

A digital copy of our annual Fire Season Guide, complete with messages from local Fire Agencies and Partners.

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Set a Wildfire Action Plan

Have a plan of Action prepared in the event of a wildfire.

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Prepare your Emergency Kit

A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Use this basic checklist to build your own and be ready to evacuate.

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Set a Family Communication Plan

Create a Family Communication Plan in the event of a wildfire or other emergency.

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Animal Evacuation

Your home and family have an evacuation plan, but what do you do for your pets and livestock? Follow these instructions from

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Evacuate Early

When an evacuation is anticipated, follow these checklists to give your home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.

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Animal Evacuation

You've prepared your home and family for evacuation. Don't forget about your pets and livestock.

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What To Do if You Get Trapped

Simple instructions on what to do if you get trapped while evact

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Insight with Fire Safe Council of Nevada County Podcast

Wildfire Prevention and Safety Manager Jim Mathias hosts Insight with Fire Safe Council of Nevada County.

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Sign up for quick updates and announcements.

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Sign up for CodeRED alerts via email, cell phone, or landline.

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Ready Nevada County

Ready Nevada County is a site devoted to helping our local community be ready for when a wildfire may hit.

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Red Flag Warning Information

What is a Red Flag Warning and where you can find out if one has been issued.

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Hi-Lo Siren

If you hear the Hi-Lo siren in your neighborhood, evacuate immediately.

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Current Fire and Air Quality Information

A list of local resources for current fire information.

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Is Today A Burn Day?

Links to help you learn if today is Burn Day in your area.

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YubaNet is one of the fastest resources for Fire Information.

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Radio Stations

Check these local radio stations for important information.

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Social Media

Make sure you follow official sources of information on social media platforms.

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Only call 9-1-1 in the event of a life-threatening emergency. There are other numbers to call for general information.

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Firewise Festival- 2024

  • Date: 6/1/2024 04:00 PM - 6/1/2024 09:00 PM
  • Location: 19092 Wildflower Drive, Penn Valley, CA, USA (Map)
  • More Info: Pleasant Valley Rd. to Wildflower Dr. Check in at the gate.

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Sponsorship Registration & Agreement Form

  • Date: 6/1/2024 04:00 PM
  • Location: 19092 Wildflower Drive, Penn Valley, CA, USA (Map)
  • More Info: Sponsors email logos to

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$ 50


Accounting Technician

Grass Valley, CA, USA
Wildfire is an ever-present danger in California. It can feel like the problem is too big to address on our own, but there is a way you can help. Join our team at Fire Safe Council of Nevada County and know that your work has meaning. We are a non-profit, volunteer run organization dedicated to making Nevada County safer from catastrophic wildfire through fire safety projects and public education. We collaborate with many other Agencies and nonprofits so that together, we can all make a difference. We work daily in the mindset that our combined strength and effectiveness lies within those collaborations.

We are looking for energetic people to help us change the world with optimism and a passion for meeting the challenges of keeping a community fire safe in Northern California. We offer Full time positions with benefits and growth opportunities. Beyond that, we provide the additional benefit of working with other great people, from every background, to build a stronger and safer community. We know the unique experiences of all our employees drive our success and people do their best work when they feel like they can be themselves.
If you share these values, we want to meet you and learn how you might contribute to our team.

FSCNC is currently seeking an experienced accounting and finance professional for the position of Accounting Technician. The position’s main function is that of a general bookkeeper. This position will also provide administrative support to the Executive Director.

Maintain accounts payable.
Maintain accounts receivable.
Reconcile daily receipts.
Prepares bank deposits and related documents.
Tracks Fixed Assets.
Reconciles monthly revenue and expenditures.
Assists in preparation of annual audit.
Assists Grant Administration and Customer Service.
All of this work is reviewed by Executive Director, Controller, Treasurer and our outside CPA.

2 years of College or Associates Degree and less than 2 Years' experience or High School Diploma and 5-7 years professional level accounting preferably in a public agency or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below: Knowledge of principles and practices of governmental fund accounting, budgeting, auditing, grants. Strong analytical skills, critical thinking, and creative problem solving. Knowledge of business processes, systems and internal controls. Excellent written/oral communications skills. Customer service skills. Ability to effectively use computer applications and standard office equipment. Proficient with QuickBooks Software. Understanding of GAAP and GASB.

Job Type: Full-time
Hourly: From $30.00 per hour
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
COVID-19 considerations:
All CDC recommended Covid protocols are followed. Cleaning supplies and PPE provided.
  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)
  • Accounting: 3 years (Preferred)
  • license, certificate or relevant course work (Preferred)
Work Location: One location
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Become a Volunteer for any for our Programs!

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Defensible Space Advisors

Become a volunteer Defensible Space Advisor and help your neighbors get fire safe by showing them how they can improve their defensible space.

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  • 143 B Spring Hill Dr., Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 1112 Grass Valley, CA 95945

PLEASE let us know the reason for your request in the body of your message. For Defensible Space Advisory Visits we will need your physical address.

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FSCNC 2024 Calendar


01/01/2024 – New Year’s Day FSCNC offices closed in observance of the Holiday
01/11/2024 - FSCNC Executive Finance Committee Meeting
01/15/2024 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, FSCNC offices closed in observance of the Holiday
01/25/2024 - FSCNC Board of Directors Meeting

02/08/2024 - FSCNC Executive Finance Committee Meeting
02/19/2024 – President’s Day, FSCNC offices closed in observance of the Holiday
02/22/2024 - FSCNC Board of Directors Meeting

03/14/2024 - FSCNC Executive Finance Committee Meeting
03/28/2024 - FSCNC Board of Directors Meeting

04/11/2024 – FSCNC Executive Finance Committee Meeting
04/25/2024 - FSCNC Board of Directors Meeting

05/09/2024 - FSCNC Executive Finance Committee Meeting
05/23/2024 - FSCNC Board of Directors Meeting
05/27/2024 - Memorial Day, FSCNC offices closed in observance of the Holiday

06/13/2024 - FSCNC Executive Finance Committee Meeting
06/19/2024 – Juneteenth, FSCNC offices closed in observance of the Holiday
06/27/2024 - FSCNC Board of Directors Meeting

07/04/2024 – Independence Day, FSCNC offices closed in observance of the Holiday

08/08/2024 - FSCNC Executive Finance Committee Meeting
08/22/2024 - FSCNC Board of Directors Meeting

09/02/2024 – Labor Day, FSCNC offices closed in observance of the Holiday
09/12/2024 – FSCNC Executive Finance Committee Meeting
09/26/2024 - FSCNC Board of Directors Meeting

10/10/2024 - FSCNC Executive Finance Committee Meeting
10/14/2024 – Columbus Day, FSCNC offices closed in observance of the Holiday
10/24/2024 - FSCNC Board of Directors Meeting

11/11/2024 – Veteran’s Day, FSCNC offices closed in observance of the Holiday
11/14/2024 - FSCNC Executive Finance Committee Meeting
11/21/2024 - FSCNC Board of Directors Meeting
11/28/2024 – Thanksgiving Day, FSCNC offices closed in observance of the Holiday

12/25/2024 - Christmas Day Observed, FSCNC offices closed in observance of the Holiday

Jamie Jones


Chris Wackerly


Pat Leach


TJ Pixley


Jim Mathias


McKenna Hayden


Maxwell Foster


Austin Romanick


Shannon Banks


Isabel Maggiani


Duane Strawser


Jason Hajduk-Dorworth

Eastern Regional Firewise Coordinator

Pete Williams


Steve Eubanks


Jeff Fierstein


Kathy Hebert


Alan Doerr


Myron Graessle


Melissa Mohler


Fire Safe Council Staff

Jamie Jones- Executive Director, CEO
Chris Wackerly- Director of Operations
TJ Pixley- Controller
Isabel Maggiani- Accounting Technician
McKenna Hayden- Administrative Assistant
Jim Mathias- Wildfire Prevention Manager
Duane Strawser- Management Analyst
Shannon Banks- Field Administrator
Maxwell Foster- Field Supervisor
Austin Romanick- Field Supervisor
Seth Labrenz- Crew Supervisor
Keith Andrews- Crew Supervisor
Jake Robinson- Crew Supervisor
Jason Hajduk-Dorworth- Eastern Regional FireWise Coordinator
Pat Leach- FireWise Coordinator

Fire Safe Council of Nevada County Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is made up entirely of volunteers and is comprised of local residents, property owners, businesses, organizations, and government agencies that are concerned about fire in Nevada County.

Pete Williams- Chairman
Steve Eubanks- Vice Chairman
Kathy Hebert- Treasurer
Jeff Fierstein- Secretary

Alan Doerr- GIS Specialist
Myron Graessle– Member at Large
Melissa Mohler- Non-Profit/Education

Jason Schroeder- BLM
Landon Haack- CAL FIRE
Rita Clipperton- US Forest Service
Sue Hoek- Nevada County Board of Supervisors
Heidi Hall- Alternate County Supervisor
Craig Griesbach- Nevada County OES, Director
Caleb Dardick- Assistant CEO
Patrick Mason- Agency Partner

Fire Safe Council of Nevada County Committee Members
The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County encourages you to join a committee to address specific issues. We are looking for Associate Board members with fiscal, legal, outreach, education, and technical skills related to fire safety. Consider becoming a member of our team to share your leadership skills and give back to your community.

Executive/Finance Committee:
Warren Knox– Secretary, Member at Large
Hank Weston- Member at Large
Pete Williams- Chairman
Steve Eubanks- Vice Chairman
TJ Pixley- Controller

About the Board of Directors

Pete Williams, Chairman
During 34 years in California state government, Pete managed a variety of administrative and program functions. He retired as the Program Manager for California Victim Compensation Program. At State Parks, the Governor’s Office, and elsewhere, he developed and used expertise in human resources, improving work processes, team facilitation, performance measurement, customer and employee surveys, and organizational assessment. His 20 years in human resources, includes serving as Personnel Manager for 25 Boards and Commissions and Training Manager for the Department of General Services.

Steve Eubanks, Vice Chairman
B.S. in Forest Engineering from Oregon State University. 39 year career with the U.S. Forest Service with assignments in Oregon, Washington, Washington, D.C., Minnesota and, most recently in California as Supervisor of the Tahoe National Forest. Retired in 2008 and began forestry consulting with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Placer County and the Placer County Air Pollution Control District with focus on sustainable forestry, carbon credits and biomass energy. Chair of the Nevada County Biomass Task Force that is focusing on construction of a biomass energy facility in Western Nevada County. Other experience has included work in Russia in sustainable forestry--1995 to today, chair of the visiting committee of a National Science Foundation program emphasizing environmental careers, and extensive work in fire suppression and management.

Jeff Fierstein, Secretary
Jeff has worked in the roofing industry for over 45 years, the last 31 years at for Ray Byers, at Byers Enterprises. In 1986 at the age of 29 he was appointed to the Board of Directors for Marshall Supply, a major roofing supplier in San Jose. Having sold his home in San Jose two days before the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, Jeff moved his family to Colfax where he resides today. In 1992 he joined Byers Black Gold Roofing, (Now Byers Enterprises inc.) where he helped to build one of Nevada County’s largest contractors. He has been involved with every facet of business development including at times keeping a staff of nearly one hundred employees safely providing for their families. Understanding the benefits of safety around the home and the changing environment here in the urban wildland areas of California, he is honored to give back to the community that has been so generous to his family over the last three decades.

Kathy Hebert, Treasurer

Alan Doerr, Director
Education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Science from Humboldt State University and completion of the graduate level, Advanced Program in Forest Ecology and Silviculture at UC Berkley. Alan worked for the US Forest Service for over 36 years as a forester in a variety of positions. He served as an Inventory and Analysis Forester, District Silviculturist, Environmental (NEPA) Planner and Team Leader, and Geospatial Analysis (GIS), and Certified Silviculturist, and was qualified as an expert witness in GIS in Federal Court. Throughout this time, Alan also assisted with fire management on a call-when-needed basis. He was qualified as an Engine Boss, Dozer Boss, Strike Team Leader, Field Observer, Resource Unit Leader and Situation Unit Leader on an Incident Management Team. Prior to federal service, worked five seasons for the California Division of Forestry as a firefighter.

Myron Graessle, Member at Large

Melissa Mohler, Non-Profit/Education

Board of Directors and Committee Documents

March 2024 BOD Agenda.pdf

March 2024 BOD Packet.pdf

February 2024 BOD Agenda.pdf

February 2024 BOD Packet.pdf

January 2024 BOD Agenda.pdf

January 2024 BOD Packet.pdf

November 2023 BOD Agenda.pdf

November 2023 BOD Packet.pdf

October 2023 BOD Agenda.pdf

October 2023 BOD Packet.pdf

September 2023 BOD Agenda.pdf

September 2023 BOD Packet.pdf

August 2023 BOD Agenda.pdf

August 2023 BOD Packet.pdf

June 2023 BOD Agenda

June 2023 BOD Packet.pdf

May 2023 BOD Agenda.pdf

May 2023 BOD Packet.pdf

March 2023 BOD Agenda .pdf

March 2023 BOD Packet.pdf

February 2023 BOD Agenda.pdf

February 2023 BOD Packet.pdf

January 2023 BOD Agenda.pdf

January 2023 BOD Packet.pdf

January 2023 Executive Finance Agenda.pdf

November 2022 BOD Agenda.pdf

November 2022 BOD Packet.pdf

November 2022 Executive Finance Agenda.pdf

October 2022 BOD Packet.pdf

October 2022 BOD Agenda.pdf

October 2022 Executive Finance Agenda.pdf

Grand Jury Response Letter.pdf

Grand Jury Response.pdf

September 2022 BOD Packet.pdf

September 2022 BOD Agenda.pdf

September 2022 Executive Finance Agenda.pdf

August 2022 BOD Packet.pdf

August 2022 BOD Agenda.pdf

August 2022 Executive Finance Agenda.pdf

July - No meetings

June 2022 FSC BOD Packet.pdf

June 2022 FSC BoD Agenda.pdf

June 2022 Executive Finance Agenda .pdf

April 2022  FSC BOD Packet.pdf

April 2022 FSC BOD Agenda.pdf

April 2022 Executive Finance Agenda.pdf

March 2022 FSC BOD Binder.pdf

March 2022 FSC BOD Agenda.pdf

March 2022 Executive Finance Agenda.pdf

February 2022 BOD Packet.pdf

February 2022 FSC BOD Agenda.pdf

February 2022 Executive Finance Agenda.pdf

January 2022 FSC BOD Packet.pdf

January 2022 FSC BOD Agenda.pdf

January 2022 Executive Finance Agenda.pdf

December has no meetings

November 2021 FSC BOD Packet.pdf

November 2021 FSC BOD Agenda.pdf

November 2021 Executive Finance Agenda.pdf

October 2021 BOD Packet.pdf

October 2021 FSC BOD Agenda.pdf

October 2021Executive Finance Agenda.pdf

September 2021 BOD Packet.pdf

September 2021 BOD Agenda.pdf

September 2021 Executive Finance Agenda.pdf

August 2021 BOD Packet.pdf

August 2021 BOD Agenda.pdf

August 2021 Executive Finance Agenda.pdf

July 2021 BOD Agenda.pdf

June 2021 BOD Packet.pdf

June 2021 BOD Agenda.pdf

June 2021  Executive Finance Agenda.pdf

May 2021 BOD Packet.pdf

May 2021 BOD Agenda.pdf

May 2021 Special Session Executive Finance Agenda.pdf.pdf

May 2021 Executive Finance Agenda.pdf

April 2021 BOD  Packet.pdf

April 2021 BOD Agenda.pdf

April 2021 Executive Finance Agenda.pdf

March 2021 BOD Packet.pdf

March 2021BOD Agenda.pdf

March 2021 Executive Finance Meeting Agenda.pdf

February 2021 BOD Packet.pdf

February 2021 BOD Agenda.pdf

February 2021 Executive Finance Meeting Agenda.pdf

January 2021 BOD Packet.pdf

January 2021 BOD  Agenda .pdf

January 2021 Executive Finance Meeting Agenda.pdf

December has no meeting

November 2020 BOD Packet.pdf

November 2020 BOD Agenda.pdf
November 2020 Executive Finance Meeting Agenda.pdf

October 2020 BOD Packet.pdf

October 2020 BOD Agenda.pdf

October 2020 Executive Committee Special Meeting Agenda .pdf

October 2020 Executive-Finance Meeting Agenda.pdf

September 2020 Board Board Packet.pdf

September 2020 BOD Agenda.pdf

September 2020 Executive-Finance Meeting Agenda.pdf

August 2020 Board Packet.pdf

August 2020 BOD Agenda.pdf

August 2020 Executive-Finance Meeting Agenda.pdf

July has no meeting

June 2020 Board Packet.pdf

June 2020 BOD Agenda.pdf

June 2020 Executive-Finance Meeting Agenda b.pdf

June 2020 Executive-Finance Meeting Agenda Postponed.pdf

May 2020 Board Packet.pdf

May 2020 BOD Agenda.pdf

May 2020 Executive-Finance Meeting Agenda .pdf

April 2020 Board Packet.pdf

April 2020 BOD Agenda.pdf

April 2020 Executive-Finance Meeting Agenda.pdf

March 2020 Board Packet (Canceled due to COVID-19)

March 2020 BOD Agenda (Canceled due to COVID-19)

March 2020 Executive-Finance Meeting Agenda.pdf

February 2020 BOD Retreat Agenda.pdf

January 2020 BOD Meeting Agenda.pdf

January 2020 Board Packet.pdf

January 2020 Executive-Finance Meeting Agenda.pdf

November 2019 BOD Meeting Agenda.pdf

November 2019 Board Packet.pdf

November 2019 Executive-Finance Agenda.pdf

October 2019 BOD Meeting Agenda.pdf

October 2019 Board Packet - Meeting postponed last minute due to PSPS see Nov.

October 2019 Executive-Finance Meeting Agenda.pdf

September 2019 BOD Meeting Agenda.pdf

September 2019 Board Packet.pdf

September 2019 Executive-Finance Committee Agenda.pdf

August 2019 BOD Meeting Agenda.pdf

August 2019 Board Packet.pdf

August 2019 Executive-Finance Committee Agenda.pdf

June 2019 BOD Meeting Agenda.pdf

June 2019 Board Packet.pdf

June 2019 Executive-Finance Committee Agenda.pdf

May 2019 BOD Meeting Agenda.pdf

May 2019 BOD Packet.pdf

May 2019 Executive Committee Agenda.pdf

April 2019 BOD Meeting Agenda.pdf

April 2019 Board Packet.pdf


FSCNC Special Audit 2021.pdf

FSCNC 2018-2019 Audited Financial Statement 2019.pdf

FSCNC 2017-2018 Audited Financial Statement.pdf

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Community Partners

Nevada County Fire Districts

Grass Valley Fire Department
Higgins Fire Protection District
Nevada City Fire Department
Nevada County Consolidated Fire District
North San Juan Fire District
Ophir Hill Fire Protection District
Peardale-Chicago Park Fire Department
Penn Valley Fire Protection District
Rough & Ready Fire Department
Truckee Fire Protection District
Washington Fire and Rescue - No website – please call 530-265-3166 for more information

Governmental Entities and Agency Funding Sources

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
California Air Resources Board (ARB)
California Fire Alliance
California Fire Safe Council
California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (BOF)
California State Fire Marshal
Contractors State License Board (CSLB)
Current Wildland Fire Information
ecoSmart - Firewise
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Fire and Aviation Management
Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)
Fire Management
Fire Management Today
Fire Weather Information Center
Forest Health Monitoring
Forest Products Laboratory
Forest Service (USFS)
Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES)
National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Park Service (NPS)
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
NRCS California
Nevada County Office of Emergency Services​​​
Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District (NSAQMD)
ONCC Weather
Pacific Southwest Region Fire and Aviation
Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW)
Placer-Nevada Counties
Public Land Ownership PDF - Statewide map of public land ownership by agency.
Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS)
SPD Markets
Tahoe National Forest (TNF)
Tahoe National Forest Fire & Aviation
U.S. Fire Administration
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Wildland Fire Assessment System (WFAS)
Woodsy Owl

Chipping Program Application

Residential chipping services at a fraction of the cost

Reflective Sign Order

Nevada County residents can order reflective address signs

AFN Application

Apply for free defensible space clearing for low-income seniors and disabled persons

Loaner Weed Wrench Program

Borrow a weed wrench to help remove Scotch broom.

Firewise USA® Community Template

Template to develop your community 3-year action plan.

Nevada County CWPP

Copy of the most recent Nevada County CWPP

North San Juan CWPP

Copy of the most recent North San Juan CWPP

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We want to take this opportunity to remind you that Our Defensible Space Advisors receive specialized training to share with you, information packets to distribute during visits, and tee-shirts so they can easily be identified. Though Advisors are volunteers, the materials, supplies, and training venue are a significant expense for the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County.

To keep this valuable service available to Nevada County residents, please consider making the suggested donation of at least $25 per visit. We hope you find the expertise shared by our Advisor, and the time you spend together preparing a customized action plan to improve the safety of you and your property, well worth this tax-deductible donation.