County staff have been meeting with residents to learn more about their safety concerns and emergency services priorities.
Firewise groups included Darkhorse, Greenhorn, Lake Vera/Round Mountain, Lake Wildwood, Upper Rough and Ready, Scott’s Flat Pines Road, You Bet, and the larger Nevada County Coalition of Firewise Communities.
Homeowner and neighborhood groups included Ananda, Cascade Shores, Forest Springs Mobile Home Park, Friends of Banner Mountain, Lake of the Pines Association, Ponderosa Pines, and Rattlesnake Ridge.
Business groups included the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce / Grass Valley Downtown Association, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, and Economic Resource Council Executive Committee.
Other entities included the Nevada City Fire Advisory Committee, Firesafe Council Board, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation staff, Grass Valley Rotary, Penn Valley MAC, Penn Valley Rotary, Nevada County Contractors’ Association, and Yuba River Public Safety Cohort.
Staff tabled at numerous community events where attendees were asked to take the “Ready Nevada County: Preparing for the Future” survey, including the Children's Health & Safety & Wildfire Preparedness Carnival, Earth Fest, Grass Valley Thursday Night Market, Home and Garden Show at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Lake Wildwood Firewise Festival, Nevada City 4th of July Parade, Nevada City First Friday Art Walks, and Nevada City Summer Nights.
Staff solicited resident opinions at neighborhood meetings, while tabling at community events, and through a brief online feedback tool at www.ReadyNevadaCounty.org/Future. As of August 5, 2022, 1015 respondents indicated a strong preference for 1) Prevent wildfires, 2) Reduce flammable brush countywide, and 3) Improve emergency evacuation routes.