Nevada County taking another step towards fire protection by beginning a long-term vegetation management project focused on county owned roads. County Public Works Director Trisha Tillotson says it is the first phase of multi-year goals.
Crews are beginning work this week on Red Dog Cross Road from Red Dog to Banner Lava Cap and also on Red Dog Road from Boulder Street to Banner Lava Cap Road. The focus is on communities such as Cascade Shores that have limited access roads that will be used for residential evacuation as well as fire equipment access during emergencies.
Funding for the a majority of the project is coming from a large CAL FIRE grant.
But the county is supplementing the program with some Gas Tax Funds to get an early start. Tillotson is asking residents that may have property on county roads that want to maintain landscaping to address those needs before crews arrive. The county will be clearing 10 feet on either side of the road and 15 feet up from the ground.
The clearing serves two primary functions.
Part of the clearing process includes spraying herbecides. Residents that do not wish to have their property sprayed need to sign up fpr the NO Spray Program through MyNevadaCounty.com