County to seek more state, federal help with wildfire prevention |

County to seek more state, federal help with wildfire prevention

Nevada County will demand stronger wildfire prevention and forest management from state and federal sources at a meeting Tuesday of the county board of supervisors.

Supervisors are expected to approve a resolution calling for an ongoing fire emergency declaration in Nevada County. If approved, the resolution will be sent Gov. Jerry Brown as part of a campaign by the Rural County Representatives of California to focus more fire prevention in the rural counties.

“The elected and appointed officials of both the state and the nation have an obligation to preserve public safety and protect the citizenry and their homes and businesses by ensuring that the landscape is as fire-resilient as possible and that firefighting efforts can be effective and as safe as possible for firefighters,” says a proposed letter to the governor, signed by Nevada County Supervisor Chair Nate Beason, who is also RCRC chairman.

Tuesday’s meeting will be at 9 a.m. at the county’s Rood administration building, 940 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.

Also on tap for the afternoon session of Tuesday’s meeting is a second reading and likely adoption of the controversial revised outdoor events ordinance. Dozens of residents protested or debated the issues raised by the ordinance at the first reading and public hearing Aug. 12.

The second reading of the revised ordinance, which requires organizers of commercial outdoor events on residential private property to obtain temporary permits, limited to four per year, will be heard at 1:30 p.m.

Another controversial issue, the Emigrant Trail planning corridor and public trail easements through three Nevada County subdivisions, is also on the Tuesday morning agenda, under the “Department Head Matters” section.

The supervisors are expected to vote on a resolution, presented by Planning Director Brian Foss, that would extend the suspension of public access to the public trail easements through the Golden Oaks, Lodestar Unit II and Sunshine Valley subdivisions to Aug. 31, 2016.

To see an agenda for the meeting, go to the county website,, and click on “Board of Supervisors.”

To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email or call 530-477-4239.

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