Appologies to everyone! Please see the highlighted correction in the post below about Prescribed fire.

Prescribed Fire in Nevada County

FSCNC is enabling forest health and resilience in our community through support and capacity building around prescribed fire with the Yuba-Bear Burn Cooperative (YBBC).

The Yuba-Bear Burn Cooperative is a grassroots group of landowners, fire practitioners, nonprofits, and community members dedicated to restoring beneficial fire to private lands in the Yuba and Bear River watersheds. The group works to make prescribed fire a safe and accessible tool for private landowners in the region through volunteer opportunities, shared equipment, training, workshops, burn plan development, and community engagement.

FSCNC is an integral partner and supporter of this group through an MOU with the Yuba Bear Burn Cooperative as a fiscal sponsor, steward of the equipment trailer, and host organization for the YBBC / Prescribed Fire Coordinator position.

Currently in this role until a permanent position is filled, is Maddison Easley, a long-time Nevada County resident interested in supporting expansion of the awareness, accessibility, pace, and scale of prescribed and cultural burning in the Yuba and Bear watersheds. She also works as a Partner Biologist for Point Blue Conservation Science and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Nevada County to support conservation actions and ecological monitoring on working lands. 

Maddison can be reached at as well as through the YBBC listserv as she will be managing communications until a permanent YBBC Coordinator position is filled. Reach out to be added to the YBBC listserv or to learn more.

Stay tuned for upcoming information on educational events and becoming a member.

South County Project Townhall

Save the date!

We will have a town hall meeting on December 8th from 6pm-8pm at the Alta Sierra Country Club to answer questions or concerns property owners might have.

The South County Project, a priority fuel reduction project in the Nevada County Community Wildfire Prevention Plan. This project was also recently identified by CAL FIRE as a top priority to protect one of California’s most wildfire-vulnerable communities.

This opportunity is available at no-cost to property owners within the South County Project area who choose to participate.

The shaded fuel break defense zone will not remove all vegetation and is not intended to prevent the spread of wildfire entirely. The defense zone is designed to slow the spread of fire and provide a safe and effective location for evacuation and fire suppression activities, including the staging of ground resources for direct fire attack.

Read about the initial project announcement here.

Truckee Defensible Space Advisor Training

FSCNC is holding the next session of our Defensible Space Advisory Training for Truckee area residents on December 7-8th, 2022. What you learn and apply from this class will help Nevada County residents be better prepared for wildfires.

The class covers the basics of fire behavior, defensible space, home-hardening, available resources, Firewise USA® communities, how to conduct a Defensible Space Advisory Visit and more.

With completion of this 2 day course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the threat of wildfire to homes and communities.
  • Explain the three things that can affect the speed and intensity of wildfire.
  • Identify the primary sources of ignition for a home during a wildfire
  • Describe the most common defensible space issues faced by homeowners.
  • Become a volunteer Advisor with the Fire Safe Council!



After learning the basics, accomplished advisors continue learning both by conducting DSAVs and by accessing the many resources available online and elsewhere.


Please let us know by phone or email if you are interested in attending.

Contact us to sign up, be sure to mention DSAV class in your message.

Access & Functional Needs Program Update

It is officially fall and now is a great time to start planning how to tackle defensible space around your home. Need help reaching your goals?

There is still time for qualifying individuals to apply for free defensible space services through the access and functional needs (AFN) program.

This program is being funded and managed in cooperation with County of Nevada, CA California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency and The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County.

Go here for more information or give us a call!

Click here for more information, or give us a call 530-272-1122.

Give wildfire resilience this year

This season of giving, consider gifting a Fire Resilient Membership to Fire Safe Council of Nevada County.

A membership at the $249 level includes this tactical go bag, complete with additional preparedness items and the benefit of helping our entire community become more resilient to the impacts of wildfire. It is perfect for anyone who loves living in the foothills and wants to do everything to be prepared for emergencies.

Order your gift here.

Updates for Firewise USA® Communities

Happy Thanksgiving Neighbors,

The annual data upload for the renewing Firewise Community’s private portal is fast approaching – November 18th. So please do your best to collect the information from your community members and upload it for your continued participation in the program.

In speaking with the folks at NFPA, due in part to California being the first state in the nation to require insurance premium discounts for owners of homes and businesses that are made safer from wildfires, the Firewise USA® program application process will become more rigorous.

Plus, to maintain the “In Good Standing” designation, Firewise Communities will need to engage a better percentage of neighbors - Cal Fire is the approving agency for all California Firewise USA® Communities and they review each application. Click to see the Safer From Wildfires framework. The data points you collect and upload to your private portal are critical to the understanding the extent of education of your neighbors, evacuation preparedness, successful fuels reduction, collaboration across the landscape, and identifying hazardous locations

Fortunately, in Nevada County, Firewise USA® communities have a strong relationship with the many partners that also focus on fire resilient tactics. You all have been doing a fine job and we at the Fire Safe Council are very grateful for your efforts. But there is always room for improvement.

Speaking of insurance, per NFPA, if insurance agents ask for your Firewise Community’s “number” to receive a discount, please let them know there is no number useful for these agencies. They can ask for the In-Good-Standing Certificate or look up the address at: . NFPA however is currently working to have insurance companies use Verisk, or similar, to confirm active participation by a Firewise USA® Community.

This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for all the efforts made by our Firewise Community members and in particular the gracious Leaders who are such a joy to assist.

Hau’oli la Ho’omaika’I,

Pat Leach 

143 B Spring Hill Dr.,
Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA
(530) 272-1122 - Office Phone
(530) 648-1122 - Fax
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