BriarPatch is supporting Ready Nevada County, a wildfire education campaign by Nevada County’s Office of Emergency Services.

Human activity causes 95% of wildfires. Even with defensible space as a preventative measure, precaution is still necessary.  Remember, it only takes one spark to start a wildfire.

Now is the time to start your emergency planning with your family and neighborhood. Be sure to sign up for CodeRED emergency alerts, are familiar with your neighborhood and possible exit routes, and have a “Go Bag” ready in case of an emergency event.

Get Your “Go Bag” Together at the Patch

You can assemble many of the items for your “Go Bag” at BriarPatch. Look for the Ready Nevada County logo on tags throughout the store, during wildfire season.  “Go Bag” items include: non-perishable food, water and containers, batteries, pet food, vitamins and wellness products, etc.

Be sure to pick up 2019 Ready, Set, Go! Wildfire Handbooks and stickers at the Customer Service desk or check out a digital version of the guide here.

CodeRED sends alerts to your mobile device or your landline via text message, phone call, or email if an emergency is happening in your neighborhood.  Sign up to receive emergency alerts from your local Nevada County emergency response team. Learn more about CodeRED 

Fire Safety Power Outages for PG&E Customers

As a part of their wildfire safety efforts, PG&E may turn off power temporarily for safety when extreme fire danger conditions occur such as Red Flag Warning days. Visit to update your contact information with PG&E. By keeping your information up to date, you will be informed about events affecting your service, including the possible need to temporarily turn off power for safety reasons.

PG&E recommends that customers take a look at the California Public Utilities Commission’s High Fire-Threat District map to see if they live in a high fire-threat area. Most, if not all, of the more densely populated areas of Nevada County are identified as a Tier 2 – Elevated or a Tier 3 – Extreme fire-threat area.

PG&E has also created a Community Wildfire Safety program. that provides the public information about how to stay emergency-ready and safe during an outage. The website provides information on the program, why PG&E is considering shutting off power for safety, and how the public can prepare.