There is little need to stress how important it is to the safety and wellbeing of Nevada City citizens and neighboring residents that we reduce the fire load in our surrounding forests and neighborhoods. The unprecedented fires in California, particularly this year, have hit all too close to home and have become the ultimate Cautionary Tale.
Nevada City is in the process of creating a list of its “City Slivers,” small bits of land in town that often do not have parcel numbers and that require maintenance in order to meet fire safe standards.
The Nevada City Sliver Project goals include; prioritizing the City Slivers for fuels treatment, getting the properties professionally treated, and then having follow up maintenance be a part of an “adopt-a-sliver program.” Thus far, the City has identified four properties that are ready for maintenance and that have community members that have indicated that they would like to maintain the property following a professional treatment. The City plans to develop an agreement for “adoption” and hopes to extend this program to encompass more City Sliver properties.
The City is in need of 1:1 match for a State Fire Assistance grant to pay for professional treatments of these properties and is in the process of developing a strategy for managing vegetation on “City Sliver” properties, through a cooperative program between the City and its residents.
The information about what parcels are treated, adopted and which are open for adoption will be posted on the City website in an interactive GIS map feature. The map will indicate the parcel location, when treatments were last performed and who has adopted the parcel. The City hopes that this will add to transparency with the community about what parcels are in line for treatment, what parcels are open for adoption and which ones need attention.
The Nevada City Fire Safety Advisory Committee
Our city staff, fire and police departments, as well as city council members realize how important it is that we take proactive steps for decreasing fuel load NOW. The City of Nevada City Council appointed members to serve as the Nevada City Fire Safety Advisory Committee in the Spring of 2020.
The charter of the Committee is to promote public fire safety and community involvement to protect Nevada City residents, business owners, visitors and structures from wildfire, establish objectives to support overall vegetation management and wildfire mitigation, identify funding sources, and promote public education and awareness. The Committee is made up of the City Council Chair, The Nevada City Division Fire Chief, Fire Wise Community members for surrounding neighborhoods including the Greater Champion, Willow Valley, Deer Creek South Side, and Greater Cement Hill Neighborhoods, as well as a facilitator and non-profit partner at The Sierra Fund. The Committee has identified high priority projects for the City to conduct fuels treatment work on; these include the Drummond Street Extension Sliver, Monroe Street Sliver, Pine Street Sliver, and the Jordan Street Sliver. Any funds raised above the grant match will be put toward future City Sliver projects, which can be put on as a wish list using a form available on the City website.
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