Washington Hill Fire Coalition
Sign up for CodeRed, the county's emergency alert system. They will call, text and/or email alerts & evacuation orders. Ways to sign up:
Use the online signup
Text READYNEVADACOUNTY to 99411
Call 211 or 1-833-DIAL211 from a local number (503 area code)
Get an emergency weather radio with battery backup
Nice features: built-in emergency alerts (automatically sounds an alarm when an emergency alert is broadcast), flashlight, solar+crank+usb charger, phone charger
In the event of an actual evacuation alert, please blow a boat horn, bang on neighbor's doors, or honk your horn as you drive out.
More details are in our Neighborhood Evacuation Fact Sheet
Fire defense Information
Wildfire Home Assessment Checklist: 11 page guide of best-available science from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.
Fire Defense in Grass Valley, CA: Our summary of city requirements, best-practices & resources
Neighborhood Evacuation for Washington Hill: Information specific to our neighborhood & links to official evacuation guides
How to prepare your home for wildfires: 1 page fact sheet
Protecting from Ember Ignition in attics & crawl spaces: 1 page fact sheet
Fire resistant landscaping & improvements: Firewise Poster
CalFire Ready, Set, Go brochures www.readyforwildfire.org
They used to offer free help with vegetation management for low-income elders and handicapped folks, but have run out of funds for now.
"...to repair, improve or modernize homes or remove health and safety hazards." Can be used for things like fire-resistant roofs, windows, siding, and work in the 5' no-fuel zone around your house.
Up to $40,000 loan at 1% interest for low-income homeowners who can't get affordable loans elsewhere
Up to $10,000 in grants for folks 62 years and older who can't repay a repair loan
Available for both Grass Valley & county residents
For more info, go online or call (530) 885-6505
Natural Resources Conservation Services's Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) can cost-share on vegetation management for fire safety on larger parcels (in town or the county). For more information or to apply, visit their website, or call the local NRCS office at (530) 798-5533
Insurance questions? Get advice from United Policyholders, a nonprofit that has helped many California residents who lost insurance or whose homes burned in recent wildfires. https://www.uphelp.org/resources/state-by-state/California
Homeless concerns? Call Hospitality House Outreach Case Manager Joe Naake at 530 798-9817
Want to know who owns a property? Use Nevada County's online property maps.
Want easier gutter cleaning? Consider a metal micromesh gutter guard that will block pine needles. We used LeafsOut which cost about $430 in materials. A bunch of companies sell similar products.
Green waste bins are a cheap and convenient way to keep up with yard waste. Make a habit of filling it up every 2 weeks to maximize savings. Don't have one? Call Waste Management at (530) 274-3090. Their largest size (96 gallons) costs $10.62 per month, and smaller sizes are even cheaper.
We are a newly-formed community group in Grass Valley, California, in the Washington/Hill area. Spurred by the disastrous fire seasons of 2017 and 2018, we organized this group to discuss fire safety concerns and find solutions together to reduce our collective risk.
Our topics so far:
Talking to each other and finding common ground
Signing up for Evacuation alerts
Identifying & maintaining evacuation routes
Understanding city codes
Establishing defensible space and making our homes fire resistant
Finding resources to help each other
Educating ourselves how to most effectively reduce fire risks
Talking & working with local officials
We won a grant for community green waste haul-off.
Dozens of us worked to haul off 65 cubic yards of curbside green waste from 18 properties, and assist 3 elderly or physically handicapped community members with their properties.
Relaxed afterwards with pizza and potluck.
Sign up to get our newsletters and join coalition: WaHillFireNews@gmail.com
To donate to our clean up fire fuel efforts, make donation on Paypal to: WaHillFire@gmail.com
We're located just north of downtown Grass Valley. This map shows our current boundaries. We may expand to the south, depending on neighbors' interest and how much energy we have for outreach.