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Nevada County fire plan is public

Dave Moller
Sun News Service

NEVADA CITY ” More than four years after the Nevada County fire plan was first commissioned, the board of supervisors is moving close to making a decision on it, perhaps by early next year.

It can be seen on the county’s Web site.

The draft plan has made several changes to evacuation plans in case of a major wildfire.

All major roads are named as evacuation routes and secondary roads, as well. But no specific listing exists to any road or highway for the evacuation of a particular area, according to the latest draft.

The evacuation plan options call for officials to alert the media to tell the public about routes and plans. The options include calls for door-to-door alerts using a public address system on a vehicle and, if available, a mass notification by telephone and e-mail.

Another major change left in the current draft from earlier revisions is the change in vegetation thinning standards for homeowners.

The initial plan caused a firestorm of protest when rural homeowners realized they would have to extensively thin and clear brush on all plots of 10 acres or less. The restriction was relaxed to a “stewardship” concept, using the state standard of a 30-foot firebreak around homes and an additional 100-foot vegetation separation fuel break.

The fire plan may go before the board for the Jan. 22 meeting.

To see the third draft of the Nevada County Fire Plan, log on to http://new.mynevadacounty.com/fireplan.