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Cal Fire Idles Fire Engine in Nevada County

When fire season opens this year in Nevada County one of the  Engines assigned to CalFire Station 20 at Ridge  Road and Zion Street will remain idle, because their will be no staffing to run it.  CalFire Nevada Yuba Placer Unit Chief Brad Harris says he has been instructed that the staffing for that fire engine is being re-directed to Carnelian Bay-South Lake Tahoe  in Placer County to provide fire protection there.  Harris says CalFire recently aquired 17,000 acres from the National Forest Service that is now  State Responsibility Area, and the staffing is needed to protect that area.

click to hear Brad Harris

When asked what happens if a major fire erupts in Nevada County, Chief Harris said  there are 20 engines assigned to CalFire in the Nevada Yuba Placer District .

click to hear Brad Harris

The Changes take effect with the start of fire season May 15th, but Harris says dry weather conditions may accelerate the start of fire season to the first part of May.    The staffing changes will continue  until the end of fire season usually in mid November.

When contacted by KNCO News, Nevada County Consolidated Fire Board Chair Warren Knox says he was unaware of CalFire’s decision, but says any reduction of fire protection coverage in Western Nevada County is troubling..  He says losing one of the 6 CalFire engines in western Nevada County equates to a 17 percent reduction in coverage.  Knox says “it will be up to everybody else in the county to make up what’s being lost.”  He says “anytime you loose that kind of back up, we’re all concerned.”

Supervisor Hank Weston says he was also surprised that CalFire would make the decision to cut staffing without talking to any of the citizens that will be affected.  Weston  says after CalFire has  built the new fire station and shop facility at Ridge Road and Zion Street , “now we’ll have this $8.4 million facility with only one   fire engine  sitting in it.”


April 3, 2013

Chris in Colfax

So, residents of the SRA get to pay the new "tax" for Cal Fire protection and now get less?

Ongoing state budget dishonesty.

April 3, 2013

Mike McLeran

It's all political, get used to it. What we have gained on that insane street corner is a massive complex to nowhere. Reminds me of the other massive piece of political grandiosity built to house a few CHP units. Could have combined the two, might have saved a few bucks for the schools. Rumor has it that the disenfranchised plan to flash mob both facilities this summer and utilize the top of the line kitchens, bunk houses, stocked food lockers, and shower facilities just long enough to clean-up to become job strong in hopes of become a cop or firefighter.
I'm sure they will be welcomed with open arms.

April 4, 2013

Lynn E.

Again Calfire doing their thing, last year they inforced a Tax. Who controls CalFire, not the voters.

April 4, 2013

Kurt Grundel

That just goes to show the TAX from the State for the SRA is illegal because we are suppose to get something for our tax or 'service fee' I hope Logue and others add this to the argument.

April 4, 2013


Did we just flip the bill to buy and protect that land? The timing is too coincidental and now paying more for less protection. Thanks Gerry! If you haven't appealed, now is a good time!

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