For those who are disabled and indigent who require help in conforming to California Code 4291, the following are the steps that can be taken to obtain help from the Nevada County Fire Safe Council:

  • Contact the Fire Safe Council located at 139 East Main Street, Grass Valley,by calling (530) 272-1122 or e-mailing
  • Tell the person answering the telephone that you want to schedule a Defensible Space Advisory visit to your property. Also note that you wish your name to be put on the FEMA grant list for financial assistance for the required work identified by the advisor. This grant has not yet been received by the Council.
  • If you contact the office via e-mail, request an advisor to visit your property, provide your full name, complete address, and telephone number. Also request that your name be put on the FEMA list for financial assistance for the work recommended by the advisor.

Because of the many California wildfires in the past couple of years, especially the most recent and deadly Camp Fire, there are so many requests for advisory visits, there may be a lengthy time lag before there is an advisor available for your property. Approximately 30 new advisors will soon be added to this trained group.

Sign up for Nevada County’s CodeRED notification system

CodeRED sends alerts to your mobile device or your landline via text message, phone call, or email if an emergency is happening in your neighborhood.  Sign up to receive emergency alerts from your local Nevada County emergency response team.

Burn Day Information

The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, in conjunction with CAL FIRE, determines the burn day status for our area.  You can call (530) 274-7928 to check the burn day status or check their website.

LVRM Firewise Community Burn Permits Info (pdf file)

Defensible space advisory visits

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County offers free defensible space advisory visits. This program provides one-on-one consultation and advice at your home setting for comprehensive education on compliance with Public Resource Code 4291 – the law that requires defensible space around structures. PRC 4291 was expanded in 2005 from 30 feet to 100 feet of clearance. To sign up for a free Defensible Space Advisory Visit please call the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County at 530-272-1122.

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