County sends evacuation plan to 2,500 residents |

County sends evacuation plan to 2,500 residents

A nine-page emergency and evacuation guide will soon arrive in 2,500 mailboxes in the Banner Mountain, Red Dog, Loma Rica and Greenhorn Areas, said Tim Fike, fire chief for the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District.

In the works for several months with input from Banner Mountain homeowners, the guide is a reference for residents living in one of many high-risk areas for wildfire in the county.

“Most of Nevada County is (high risk), but we only have so much money to go around,” Fike said. “Our goal is to work our way essentially around the district. We started with the highest danger areas first.”

It can also be used as a survival guide during winter storms and power outages, Fike said.

Some of the advice is sobering.

“Emergency services will be overtaxed in all of these scenarios (fire, storms, flooding, earthquakes and others) and may take days to mitigate every situation,” according to the guide. “In other words, you will be prepared to stand alone ” potentially for days.”

Two years ago, residents living in Cascade Shores received a similar plan and another is in the works for people living along Cement Hill and North Bloomfield roads.

Release of the guide comes shortly after the county’s planning commission approved a fire plan that has been in the works for five years. The plan emphasizes a stronger involvement and responsibility for fire protection from individual property owners.

Inside the glossy guide, extensive lists including a four-day storm emergency survival kit and items to take during an evacuation. Names of resources for places to take animals during an evacuation and possible evacuation centers are listed along with a resource directory and evacuation checklist.

A map of the area details major and minor road arteries, but specific evacuation routes will depend upon the nature of a fire, Fike said.

“It stresses to stay tuned to media or specific routes to take during an incident,” Fike said.

Nevada County Consolidated Fire District is the largest fire district in the county.

To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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