Egress/Ingress Fire Safety Project

Project Description

The Nevada County Egress/Ingress Fire Safety Project will remove hazardous vegetation along 200 miles of County-maintained roads using both County road crews and contract forces. The purpose of the project is to reduce the vegetative fuels along major roads in the County to improve the safety of residents and visitors, and to increase the effectiveness and safety of firefighters and first responders. Reduced fuels will also lead to lower fire suppression costs and fewer greenhouse gas emissions that result from wildfires. In addition, breaks in fuel continuity will aid in reducing the overall rate of spread. Egress routes will be improved which will allow residents to evacuate more quickly and allow firefighters better ingress access to prevent structure fires. For a more detailed project description, including roads that will be treated, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions about the project are answered here.

Before and after photographs of a similar project that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) completed are shown below.                                                                                                         

photo before fuels treatment
photo after fuels treatment

Funding

Funding for this project is provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Investments Program.  The total project budget is $1.125M. $868k will be provided by the program grant.

Environmental Review

The Public Works Department has reviewed the project for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has identified the project as being Categorically Exempt under California Code of Regulations Sections 15301(c), Repair and maintenance of existing streets; 15301(h), Maintenance of existing landscaping and native growth; and 15304(i), Minor alterations to land.  A Notice of Exemption approved by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors has been posted with the Nevada County Clerk’s Office and the State Clearinghouse. 

Current Status

The project is scheduled to begin construction in mid to late April 2021 and is expected to be active through Spring 2022. Traffic control will be provided on all affected roads during construction. Regular updates will be provided on the Nevada County Department of Public Works project website, Facebook page, as well as on Nextdoor.com.

Schedule
Schedules for upcoming roads are posted once received from the Contractor and show approximately 14 - 30 days of the upcoming schedule. Schedules may vary and be postponed due to weather conditions including dry and extreme heat and wind conditions. 
For an overview of the 5 year schedule of roads to be addressed under this program and a look at progress thus far, click on the link to our new Roadside Vegetation Map. 

Our most current schedule is posted below
June 10th - July 1st

Street

From

To

Ridgeview Drive Ridge Road South End
Manzanita Drive Ridge Road West End
Sierra Drive
Ridge Road Vista Avenue
Suzanne Way Sierra Drive Cedar Way
Vista Avenue Sierra Drive West End
Frosty Lane Banner View Drive Butte View Drive 
Sunrise Heights Alta Street Bragg Avenue
Alta Street Grass Valley City Limits Ridge Road
Engle Street Alta Vista Avenue Bragg Avenue
Terry Street Alta Vista Avenue Bragg Avenue
Slate Creek Road Grass Valley City Limit Deer Park Drive
Shannon Way Deer Park Drive Deer Park Drive
Via Vista Ridge Road Ridge Estate Road
Via Colina Drive Ridge Road Evergreen Drive
Evergreen Drive Via Colina Drive  Ridge Estate Road
Ridge Estates Road Ridge Road  Ridge Estate Road
Marjon Drive Ridge Road  Marjon Drive 
Park Avenue Extension   Solaro Drive Red Dog Road
Murchie Mine Road Red Dog Road  West End
Incline Shaft Road Murchie Mine Road  West End
Old Washington Road Nevada City Limits  End County Main
Manzanita Diggins Drive Highway 20  East End
Dow Road Highway 20 Lewis Road
Lewis Road  Willow Valley Road Genasci Road
Genasci Road Lewis Road  Willow Valley Road
Willow Valley Road Highway 20  Nevada City Limits
Scotts Flat Road Willow Valley Road  Scotts Flat Road
Scotts Flat Road  Highway 20 Alpine Meadows Camp
 Berggren Lane Red Dog Rd  North End
 Blue Tent School Road North Bloomfield Gr  Cooper Road
Boulder Street Nevada City Limits  End County Maintain
Butte View Drive Frosty Lane  Ridge Road
Carey Drive Ridge Rd South End
Cedar Way Ridge Rd  North End
Cooper Road North Bloomfield Gr Madrone Springs
Deer Park Drive Echo Ridge Drive  Slate Creek Road

Contact Information 


For more information about this project, please email Public.Works@co.nevada.ca.us or call (530) 265-1411.


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