It has begun: Nevada City Fire Ordinance Inspections

Coming to a mountain town near you! Tahoe is already there, Nevada City has begun, which of our towns is next? 

*We want to help you get the work done!


The new ember free zone will have to be managed and work will have to be done to meet the requirements and maintain them. 

SEG believes that we are in a position to help our community complete the work that will be required for an ember free zone.

We are willing and capable, licensed and insured, to to get on our customers’ roofs safetly, clean the critical ember areas on the roof and gutters, secure and clear solar installations, clear 5 feet of space on the ground around the house and possibly help with vent upgrades, gutters and electrical work needed for other fire safety measures.

As a community we have all personally experienced the heartbreak of fire, and we want to help by offering these extra services for fire clearing and protection.

*Reserve your initial spot in line for this offering by filling out the form below.  We will contact you when are ready.

Interested in SEG's Fire Services Program

More Info:

YubaNet’s Article On The Defensible Space Ordinance

CalFire Defensible Space Info

From Facebook by the City of Nevada City:

New Defensible Space Ordinance, Inspection Practices, and Community Outreach for Wildfire Safety in Nevada City 2023

The City of Nevada City has adopted a new defensible space ordinance, and we are implementing new inspection and outreach practices to address wildfire safety in Nevada City.

The new ordinance aligns Nevada City with the standards used by CAL FIRE and Nevada County in our surrounding areas. The standards include the establishment of zones of protection for structures, including a new ember free zone, which is the area 0-5 feet from a structure. Based on contemporary science, the Fire Safety Advisory Committee has found this zone to be the most effective in terms of protecting your home. Please use the attached Notice of Inspection checklist to help you develop your defensible space for your home and help your neighborhood get ready for wildfire.

In May, the City will begin inspections of all parcels using the new standards. Where the community’s safety is at risk, enforcement for violations is possible. But that is a last resort. The focus of the inspections is to partner with you to identify conditions that violate the ordinance and make your property more susceptible to wildfire, so that together we can find ways to protect our community. Please note that developing a defensible space does not require the removal of all vegetation.

To encourage the removal of storm debris and other green waste that will become a fire hazard as we move into the summer, the City has scheduled a citywide cleanup, including green waste disposal, on June 3, 2023. Additional green waste events are being hosted by the Nevada County Fire Safe Council from April 9 through June 26, 2023. You can find the dates and times on the City’s social media accounts or at

Keep an eye out for the Nevada County “Ready, Set, Go” handbook in the mail. It will include information on defensible space standards, home hardening, and emergency preparedness tools for you and your family. The handbook is produced by our partners at the County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services for all jurisdictions in our county. It and other resources are available at While you are there, please register your household’s devices to receive email, landline, and cell phone notifications during an emergency as part of the Countywide CodeRED system. You can also register by calling 2-1-1 or 1-833-DIAL211.

Information on the ordinance, defensible space best practices, and resources for the community are available on the City’s website using the “Wildfire Preparedness” tab on the homepage For additional information, please contact Fire Division Chief Sam Goodspeed at 530-265-2351 or Chief Goodspeed can arrange for you to speak with volunteers from the Fire Safety Advisory Committee, local Firewise communities, and other fire safety groups to help you understand the rules. “Residents Helping Residents” will help us create a more fire safe environment in Nevada City.

You are always invited to share your fire safety experiences, needs, and concerns with the Nevada City Fire Safety Advisory Committee. It meets at 6 PM on the third Thursday of each month at City Hall, 317 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959.

Thank you for your efforts to make and keep Nevada City a wildfire safe place!

Respectfully Submitted,
Sean Grayson, City Manager