Chipping Program

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County offers brush chipping that has been cleared from 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 and advice at your home for comprehensive education on compliance with defensible space requirements around structures.

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Green Waste

The Free Residential Green Waste Program is back! Measures are in place to ensure your safety during the COVID-19 Stay-at-home orders.

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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

Local groups and agencies are teaming up to encourage local landowners, businesses, organizations, agencies, and basically anyone who is affected by the invasion of Scotch broom, to start physically removing this highly flammable, invasive plant.

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Green Waste

Green Waste
The 2020 Free Residential Green Waste Event is scheduled for May 17th – June 27th, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has required stay-at-home orders, but we can still prepare for wildfire. Now is the time for residents to spend time improving defensible space around homes and property lines.

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, the County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services, and the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District are committed to the health and safety of the residents of Nevada County. We’ve partnered to dramatically expand the 2020 Free Residential Green Waste Event to not only reduce the risk of wildfire, but also to protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19.

To stretch our funding as far as possible, we’re chipping or grinding collected waste, and offering that material to the public each Friday and Saturday during the event from the Penn Valley and Grass Valley sites. While this material cannot be placed within the first 30 ft. of your home, they are still useful in weed suppression, moisture retention, soil enrichment and erosion control. Please note that to reduce the spread of invasive species, we cannot accept any loads with blackberry, Scotch broom, or poison oak. These items may be taken to the Waste Management Transfer Station or to the Tahoe Truckee Sierrra Disposal site. Root balls, limbs greater than 6" in diameter, and trash cannot be accepted, either.

The Western Nevada County drop sites will be open from 9am – 3pm Sunday - Tuesday from May 17th - June 27th at the following locations:

Rise Gold, Grass Valley 12625 Brunswick Road, Grass Valley, CA

Penn Valley Rodeo Grounds 10513 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, CA

NID Alta Sierrra Reservoir Site 12057 Francis Drive, Grass Valley, CA

We are grateful to these organizations, and to the Alta Sierra Property Owners Association, for their generosity and commitment to the safety and well-being of the community!

Measures are being taken to ensure the collection of green waste is “no-contact.” We will offer specialized training for staff and volunteers and will prepare collection sites to ensure social distancing for the safety of the residents who participate. Volunteers interested in directing traffic and screening materials can sign up for any of our three sites. In order to reduce the number of people on site, please consider volunteering for multiple days of a weekend. Family groups are also encouraged to volunteer together.

Click to volunteer in Alta Sierra
Click to volunteer in Penn Valley
Click to volunteer in Grass Valley
Click to volunteer in Truckee

For any questions regarding our 2020 Free Residential Green Waste event, please contact our Programs Manager,
Julie Siegenthaler at (530) 272-1122 x 120, or via email


2019-20 Fire Season 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

Creating defensible space is essential to improving your home's chances of surviving a wildfire. It’s the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it.

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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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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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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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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 Advisers

Become a Defensible Space Adviser and help your neighbors get Fire Safe by showing them how they can improve on their Defensible Space.

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Current Fire and Air Quality Information

A list of local resources for current fire information.

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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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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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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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Staff and Board of Directors

Fire Safe Council Staff

Jamie Jones - Executive Director, CEO
Matthew Frink - Project Manager
Billy Spearing - Grant Accountant
Chris Wackerly – Field Operations Manager
John Nelson - Chipping Crew Supervisor
Spencer Albrecht – Chipping Crew Supervisor
Tony Quatela – Chipping Crew Supervisor

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.

Donn Thane - Chairman
Rick Nolle - Vice Chairman
David Walker – Treasurer
Julie Siegenthaler - Secretary

Alan Doerr - GIS Specialist
Bill Drown - Member at Large
Steve Eubanks - Biomass Specialist /Retired USFS
Sue Hoek - Nevada County Board of Supervisors
Hank Weston – Member at Large
Wanda Mertens - Mertens Insurance Agency
Eric Trygg – Member at Large
Don Wagner - Fire Chiefs' Association
Pete Williams - Member at Large
Janeth Maroletti – Gold Country Community Services

Gretchen Bennitt - NSAQMD
Cathe Fish - Master Gardener's
Jerry Martinez - BLM
Jim Mathias - CAL FIRE
Bob Long - Firewise Coalition
Josh Robinson - Tri-Counties Bank
Jecobie Waters - US Forest Service
Heidi Hall - Alternate County Supervisor
Paul Cummings - Emergency Services Manager, Nevada County OES

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:
Donn Thane - Chairman, Ret. USFS Silviculturist
Dave Walker - Treasurer, CPA
Julie Siegenthaler – Secretary, Member at Large
Bill Drown - Member at Large
Hank Weston - Member at Large
Rick Nolle - Vice Chairman, Real Estate Agent
Eric Trygg - Master Gardener’s Association
Pete Williams - Member at Large

About the Board of Directors
David Walker, Treasurer
A resident of Nevada County for nearly thirty years, Dave has generously shared his extensive knowledge and experience in accounting, marketing, and business administration with the community. He has served as the Executive Director for Gold Country Telecare, as well as a major Christian camp and conference center that provides over 30,000 camper-days per year. Dave’s ability to improve function, accountability, and reportability have served him well in the corporations he has owned and managed, including Dave Walker and Associates, a full-service accounting firm with clients in 28 states. His passion for giving back to the community has led him to serve on a number of Boards in the areas of education, arts, philanthropy, health, church, and fire safety, and more. Dave has four wonderful children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Julie Siegenthaler, Secretary
Julie and her family have resided in Nevada County for 13 years. Her experience includes production planning, technical marketing, self-publishing, e-commerce, graphic design, marketing communications, fundraising, SAS data migration and implementation, bookkeeping and operations management. She has worked in the semiconductor and aerospace industries, the non-profit sector, as well as human resources consulting. A habitual volunteer, Julie has served on Boards for parent teacher clubs, property owners associations, as well as committees for fundraising, grad night, and communications. Other volunteer activities include serving as a lookout at Mount Howell and Wolf Mountain, and serving as an Elections Inspector in both Santa Clara and Nevada counties for 13 years. Julie home-schooled her children for several years, and taught enrichment classes in history, STEM, and computer skills. She is an avid organic gardener, enjoys CrossFit, is a Defensible Space Advisor, a certified self-defense instructor, mother of two teens and servant to her two rescued German Shepherds.

Alan Doerr
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.

Steve Eubanks
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.

Janeth Marroletti
Janeth is a health educator and advocate for older adults. She has been in the aging field for over thirteen years developing programs and services for older adults in California. Her experience extends from nonprofit management, community engagement, research and health care fields. Mrs. Marroletti received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the California State University in Fullerton and is a certified Health Education Specialist. In her current position, she is the Executive Director leading a nonprofit providing services to low income seniors in rural Nevada County, CA. In her spare time, Mrs. Marroletti likes to volunteer, bake, binge watch Netflix shows, travel, and spend time with her family, friends and her 2 dogs, 12 chickens, 2 goats, and 2 ducks.

Pete Williams
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.

Events Calendar

09:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
2020 March 12th Executive/Finance Committee Meeting
Location: 143B Springhill Dr., Grass Valley, CA

Monthly Meeting of the Executive/Finance Committee

10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
CANCELED - 2020 March 26th Monthly Board Meeting
Location: 980 Helling Way, Nevada City, CA

Monthly Board Meeting with Agency Partners (Open to Public)

09:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
2020 April 9th Executive/Finance Committee Meeting
Location: 143B Springhill Dr., Grass Valley, CA

Monthly Meeting of the Executive/Finance Committee

10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
2020 April 23rd Monthly Board Meeting
Location: 980 Helling Way, Nevada City, CA

Monthly Board Meeting with Agency Partners (Open to Public)

09:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
2020 May 14th Executive/Finance Committee Meeting
Location: 143B Springhill Dr., Grass Valley, CA

Monthly Meeting of the Executive/Finance Committee

10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
2020 May 28th Board of Directors Meeting
Location: 980 Helling Way, Nevada City, CA

Monthly Board Meeting with Agency Partners (Open to Public)

08:00 AM  -  04:00 AM
2020 May 31st Wildland and Urban Interface (WUI) Drill
Location: Banner Mountain/Cascade Shores

A CalFire Event. Community Drill for Evacuation and Emergency Response


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
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



Board and Committee Documents