Wildfire Resources – Nevada County

In the event of a significant wildfire requiring evacuations, a dedicated web page will be created and updated as the incident evolves. This page contains many resources that will also appear on an event-specific page. Browse the sections below to learn more about each topic.

2-1-1 call agents can help you register for emergency alert messages, identify your Evacuation Zone, review your “go bag,” and identify extra resources you may need, including transportation, medication, medical needs, livestock transport, and more.

TOPICS

EVACUATIONS | Stay Informed | Alerts | Temporary Evacuation Points & Animal Evacuation | Transportation | After Evacuation | How to Find People | Air Quality | Food & Other Personal Care | How to Help | Recovery | Utilities | Trusted Information Sources

Call 2-1-1 or 1-833-342-5211 (1-833-DIAL211) for more information

EVACUATIONS

Call 911 

If you are stuck in an Evacuation ORDER zone without transportation and there is an immediate threat to your life.

Call 211 

If you are in an Evacuation WARNING zone and you are in need of transportation.

EVACUATION MAPS

California (info on current Cal Fire incidents)

Nevada County

ROAD CLOSURES

Call CalTrans for information on road closures and updates on road conditions: 1-800-427-7623

EVACUATION STATUS LEVELS

  • Evacuation Order – An immediate threat to life. This is a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access.
  • Evacuation Warning – A potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.
  • Shelter In Place – An order to go indoors. Shut and lock doors and windows. Prepare to self-sustain until further notice and/or contacted by emergency personnel for additional direction.
  • Advisory – A notice to be on alert and follow county recommendations.
  • Clear To Repopulate – It is safe to return to your home. Be aware of your surroundings and go through the returning home checklist.
  • Normal – There is no current knowledge of threats affecting your area and that you can carry on with normal activity.

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STAY INFORMED

Trusted information sources providing current updates

NEVADA COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES

  • Ready Nevada County Dashboard with current info. here
  • NCOES Twitter: @NevCoOES here
  • Ready, Set, Go Guide – English (2022) – Spanish (2021). GO (evacuation) info starts on page 21 of the paper guide (page 24 of the PDF).

NEVADA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

  • NCSO Twitter: @NevCoSheriff here

CAL FIRE – NEVADA-YUBA-PLACER UNIT

  • CalFire Twitter: @CALFIRENEU here – Detailed incident updates posted morning and evening
  • Cal Fire state-wide fire map (and incident page) here
  • Cal Fire Incident page here

ALERTS

CODE RED ALERTS – COVER ALL OF NEVADA COUNTY

SIGN UP for CodeRED

  • To sign up for an UNMANAGED (or “Guest”) account, call 2-1-1 or 833-342-5211 (833-DIAL211) if you’d like help signing up.
  • To create a MANAGED account, or to create a Guest account on your own, go here. A managed account allows you to modify your existing notification settings and contact information. You may also customize the types of notifications you receive and add an additional address.

SET PHONE TO GET ALERTS AFTER SIGNING UP

  • Cordless & electric phones need to have power and have the ringer turned on (a traditional corded landline phone does not need electricity, but the ringer does need to be turned on).
  • Cell phones need to be on and have the ringer turned on. Add CodeRED as a contact on your phone so you know who the call is coming from: CodeRED Emergency Alert 1-866-419-5000; CodeRED General Alert 1-855-969-4636; CodeRED Text Alert 1-218-350-0131. If you set your cell phone to DO NOT DISTURB at night, learn how to set it so CodeRED alerts can come through. Do an internet search on “how to bypass do not disturb on ________ (Android or iPhone).”

TEMPORARY EVACUATION POINTS & ANIMAL EVACUATION

When a 211 web page is launched for a specific wildfire in Nevada and/or Placer County, the following info will be posted as it becomes available and once 211 is notified:

  • Locations of Evacuation Centers, Temporary Evacuation Points (TEPs), and/or Congregate Shelters open for evacuees.
  • Info about Animal Evacuations.
  • Info will also be on the CalFire website at www.fire.ca.gov. On the top left corner of CalFire’s website, click on “Incidents.” A drop down menu will appear. Choose the current year and scroll below the fire map to see a list of incidents. The most current incidents will show at the top of the list. Choose which incident you would like to see more information on by clicking on the name of the incident. On the incident page that appears, you will find information about the percentage of containment, evacuation order zones, available shelters, and more. Continue scrolling down to see all of the information displayed.

SHELTER OPTIONS FROM RED CROSS

If people are under a mandatory evacuation order and Temporary Evacuation Points are closed, they can call Red Cross 24/7 at 1-844-236-0153.

TRANSPORTATION

Call 911 if you are stuck in an Evacuation ORDER zone without transportation and there is an immediate threat to your life.

Call 211 if you are in an Evacuation WARNING zone and you are in need of transportation.

ROAD CLOSURES

Call CalTrans for information on road closures and updates on road conditions: 1-800-427-7623

NEVADA COUNTYPUBLIC TRANSIT FOR EVACUATIONS

If needed for evacuations, the County of Nevada will activate public transportation resources. Nevada County transit services can ONLY help in Evacuation WARNING zones.

NEVADA COUNTY – EVACUATING WITH ANIMALS – BUS & PARATRANSIT

Nevada County Connects bus service (formerly Gold Country Stage) and Nevada County Now paratransit service (formerly Gold Country Lift) are providing transportation for evacuees with animals as follows:

  • Service animals are allowed. No size or type restrictions (except that they must be small enough to fit on the bus).
  • Non-service animals are allowed. Size requirement: animals must be in a leakproof cage that is carried and controlled by their owner. No animal type restrictions (birds, snakes, and others are welcome). No large non-service animals allowed who cannot be carried (e.g., horses, cows).

CONTACT:

  • Nevada County Connects (public bus): 1-530-477-0103
  • Nevada County Now (paratransit): 1-530-271-7433, toll free 1-855-341-7433

AFTER EVACUATION

NEVADA COUNTYHOW WILL I KNOW WHEN I CAN GO HOME?

Once it is safe to return to homes in Nevada County, the info will be shared on social media, through CodeRED calls, and as a notification on the Nevada County Sheriff CA app. To download the app, go to the App Store and search for the Nevada County Sheriff CA app.

Call 2-1-1 or 833-342-5211 (833-DIAL211) if you need additional information about returning home.

HOW DO I SAFELY RETURN HOME?

When entering the burned area, residents need to be on alert for hot spots, rolling debris, and other hazards. Do not enter areas that appear unsafe. There may still be heavy first responder traffic in the area. Please travel through the area with caution.

IF HOME IS DAMAGED OR DESTROYED

If your home is damaged or destroyed, you will be notified by your County of residence. Your County and 211 can help provide recovery information for your situation.

If you know for certain that you have lost your home in a disaster, call the American Red Cross at 844-236-0153 any time 24/7. ARC can open a case file and there may be resources available through ARC to help.

HOW TO FIND PEOPLE

  • When people are in American Red Cross (ARC) care at shelters, ARC observes strict confidentiality and will not release names of clients
  • ARC has information about Emergency! App (English and Spanish) and more here.
  • Tips for finding people / contacting loved ones here.

AIR QUALITY

AIR QUALITY DATA

  • AirNow is a website for air quality data. It highlights air quality in your local area first, and also provides air quality information with state, national, and world views. An interactive map lets you zoom out to get the big picture or drill down to see data for a single air quality monitor.
  • Spare the Air provides Air Quality Information for the Sacramento Region from the Sacramento Metropolitan, El Dorado, Feather River, Placer, and Yolo-Solano Air Districts. Sign up for air quality alerts here.

MASKS FOR WILDFIRE SMOKE

To protect your lungs from smoky air, choose a mask called a particulate respirator that has the word “NIOSH” and either “N95” or “P100” printed on it. These are sold at many hardware and home repair stores and pharmacies. California Department of Public Health provides more information here.

AIR QUALITY IN THE HOME

  • DIY (DO IT YOURSELF) AIR FILTER – Directions for how to build a Do-It-Yourself Fan/Filter Room Air Cleaner are here.
  • CREATE A CLEAN ROOM FOR AIR QUALITY – Info from the Environmental Protection Agency about how to create a clean room to protect indoor air quality during a wildfire is here.

FOOD & OTHER PERSONAL CARE

NEVADA COUNTY FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS – Visit web pages below or call 211.

CALFRESH REPLACEMENT BENEFITS

If you are a current CalFresh recipient affected by the disaster you may be eligible to receive replacement benefits for food bought with CalFresh that was lost as a result of a disaster. Replacement must be requested within ten days of the disaster. Please contact Nevada County for additional information on how to request supplemental disaster benefits or use the following link to apply www.getcalfresh.org/replace.

CLOTHING

  • Free clothing available at Grass Valley PARTNERS Family Resource Center 530-273-4059 (people without kids are welcome too) and Hospitality House 530-271-7144.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOLLOWING WILL BE ON A DEDICATED INCIDENT PAGE

  • Trauma counseling and spiritual support
  • Showers
  • Financial help
  • Lost or broken eye glasses

HOW TO HELP

DONATIONS

People can contact local food banks and American Red Cross to make cash donations. Firefighters are well taken care of and typically do not accept any donations…especially not food during COVID.

VOLUNTEERING

Volunteer opportunities in Nevada County will be posted on the Connecting Point Volunteer Hub as available. Please note that all animal evacuation volunteers and most American Red Cross (ARC) volunteers must be trained and approved in advance of any incident.

AMERICAN RED CROSS

The American Red Cross (ARC) is always accepting donations and in need of new volunteers to help respond to wildfires. Many ARC volunteer opportunities require advance training.

HOME SHARING

HomeShare American River is a nonprofit housemate-matching service that serves to quickly take advantage of housing we already have. Match agreements can include exchanges of lower rent for affordable in-home services for “hosts” (and thus informal employment for “guests”). 530-746-8681. Service area includes Nevada County and Placer County.

RECOVERY

CLEANUP AFTER A FIRE GUIDELINES

DO NOT begin debris removal before contacting the County. If people start to do things before contacting insurance and County, they may become ineligible for financial support of different kinds. There are also issues about how to safely dispose of lots of kinds of debris. Your County helps advise on all this.

INSURANCE CLAIMS

  • If you are a resident who lost your home or experienced fire damage to your home or property, contact the California Department of Insurance (CDI) and your insurance agent before removing anything or doing any clean-up on your property. Cleaning up prior to contacting your insurance company could result in a loss of insurance claims.
  • See the CDI’s Top 10 Tips for Wildfire Claimants.
  • Insurance coverage may help with evacuation costs. Residents who have been ordered to evacuate due to wildfires may have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance coverage to help with evacuation and relocation costs, even if their homes are not damaged or destroyed. Additional Living Expense coverage, known as ALE, typically includes food and housing costs, furniture rental, relocation and storage, and extra transportation expenses. Residents are urged to keep all receipts accrued during the evacuation and to contact their insurance company to start the claims process.
  • UNITED POLICYHOLDERS is a non-profit consumer organization and trusted resource helping disaster survivors with insurance issues for more than 30 years. They offer free webinars, and you can view recordings of prior ones on topics of relevance to your situation. Questions? Email info@uphelp.org

IMMEDIATE NEEDS

Call 2-1-1 for information about food distributions, where to get clothing, and more. Some resources are also provided in the Food & Other Personal Care section of this webpage.

RETURNING HOME AFTER A WILDFIRE

  • CalFire post-wildfire resources here
  • CalFire brochure/checklist here

IF YOUR HOME IS DESTROYED

If you know for certain that you have lost your home in a disaster, call the American Red Cross at 844-236-0153 any time 24/7. ARC can open a case file and there may be resources available through ARC to help.

FIRE RETARDANT CLEANUP

From US Forest Service

USPS MAIL DELIVERY

The USPS holds mail for people affected by evacuations. Delivery will resume when evacuation orders are lifted. People can collect mail any time at the Post Office by presenting a picture ID. If people are unable to return home for some time, they can do a permanent or temporary change of address here. See USPS service alerts here.

REBUILDING AFTER A WILDFIRE

Rebuilding info from Cal OES, the California Office of Emergency Services.

UTILITIES

Contact PG&E to:

  • Ask about bill payment assistance
  • Immediately stop service
  • Learn more about power restoration, financial support and the rebuilding process

Call Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) at 1-800-743-5000 or visit PG&E’s Wildfire Recovery Support webpage for more information.

TRUSTED INFORMATION SOURCES

In the event of a disaster, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services recommends the following trusted information sources (aka trusted news sources) per Ready Nevada County’s “Ready, Set, Go” Guide.