Our Mission

The Fire Safe Council is a non-profit, local volunteer organization.
We are dedicated to making Nevada County safer from
catastrophic wildfire through fire safety projects and education.


Low Cost Defensible Space Clearing Services

Our crews are available to perform defensible space clearing services according to the same standards and best practices taught in our Defensible Space Advisor training. Request a quote today!

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Chipping Program

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County offers low-cost ($75/hr) 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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Defensible Space Advisory Visit (DSAV)

This program provides a one-on-one consultation at your home for comprehensive education on compliance with defensible space requirements around structures.

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Access & Functional Needs (AFN)

Low-income seniors (age 65 or older) or those with medical disabilities may qualify for assistance with defensible space clearing.

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Green Waste

The Free Residential Green Waste Program will be back next spring. Thank you for your participation!

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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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Address Signs

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County provides Reflective Safety Address Signs so safety personnel can find you.

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Scotch Broom Challenge

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

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2020-21 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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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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Register for CodeRED

Click here to register for CodeRED Alerts to your home phone, mobile phone, or email address.

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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 www.readyforwildfire.org/Animal-Evacuation/

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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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$ 50

Donation Amount



Become a Volunteer for any for our Programs!

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Become a Member

Become a member and gain Priority Access to all our programs!

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Defensible Space Advisors

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

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Stay Connected

FSCNC Newsletter

Get current information about services, benefits, volunteer opportunities, monthly wildfire preparedness tips, and information about upcoming events!

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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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Partners Partners
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

Contact Us

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



Chipping Program Application

Residential chipping services at a fraction of the cost

Membership Application Form

Join the Fire Safe Council and support our mission

Reflective Sign Application

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.

Nevada County CWPP

Copy of the most recent Nevada County CWPP

North San Juan CWPP

Copy of the most recent North San Juan CWPP

Board and Committee Documents

Board of Directors and Committee Documents

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

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 2017-2018 Audited Financial Statement.pdf


Our Team

Jamie Jones


Matthew Frink


Billy Spearing


Chris Wackerly


Donn Thane


Rick Nolle


Warren Knox


David Walker


Alan Doerr


Steve Eubanks


Sue Hoek


Wanda Mertens


Eric Trygg


Don Wagner


Hank Weston


Pete Williams



4 Firewise Coalition Meeting 5:30 p.m.
13 Executive Finance Committee Meeting 9:30 a.m.
21 National Senior Citizen Day
27 Board of Directors Meeting 10:00 a.m.
28 Red Zone Affair (Canceled due to COVID-19)
29 Red Zone Affair (Canceled due to COVID-19)

National Preparedness Month
1 Firewise Coalition Meeting 5:30 p.m.
7 Labor Day - Office Closed
10 Executive Finance Committee Meeting 9:30 a.m.
24 Board of Directors Meeting 10:00 a.m.

6 Firewise Coalition Meeting 5:30 p.m.
8 Executive Finance Committee Meeting 9:30 a.m.
12 Columbus Day - Office Closed
22 Board of Directors Meeting/Board Elections 10:00 a.m.

3 Firewise Coalition Meeting 5:30 p.m.
11 Veteran's Day - Office Closed
13 Executive Finance Committee Meeting 9:30 a.m.
19 Board of Directors Meeting/Board Elections 10:00 a.m.
26 Thanksgiving - Office Closed
27 Thanksgiving - Office Closed

1 Firewise Coalition Meeting 5:30 p.m.
(No Board or Committee Meetings This Month)
25 Christmas - Office Closed

Defensible Space Advisory Visit Survey Form

Would you please answer four short questions
to help us provide the best possible service
to the residents of Nevada County?

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.


2020 Free Residential Green Waste Survey

Based on the May-June 2020 Event
Help us plan for future events!

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, and the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District would like your input on the 2020 Free Residential Green Waste Event, held at four locations in Nevada County in May and June.Can you please answer a few questions, so we can determine public interest and improve in future years?Thank you!