Informational Resources

Informational Resources

Be Prepared Yuba

Yuba County’s Office of Emergency Services program to help residents prepare for all kinds of disasters.

Cal Fire

The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection serves and safeguards the people and protects the property and resources of California.The have information on wildfire preparation and evacuations – their Ready, Set, Go! Campaign. Some of this information is based on California’s laws, and does not include the latest science like National Fire Preparedness Association or Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.

Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (Cal Fire NEU)

Yuba County’s Cal Fire Unit. You can follow them on Facebook. They protect people and their property from wildfire, and also issue permits for prescribed fires during wildfire season.

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Information on who is susceptible to wildfire smoke, and how to reduce its impact.

Data Platform  – Yuba County

Workgroups are developing strategies and tactics to protect lives and property, increase firefighter safety and effectiveness by reducing forest fuels and fire intensity as fire transitions from wildland into the populated areas. A countywide planning process and decision support platform to help plan, implement, prioritize, monitor and publicly communicate fuels reduction, forest restoration and recovery efforts in Yuba County.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Wildfire information on smoke, health, coronavirus, debris flows, insurance and much more.

Fire Adapted Communities (FAC NET)

A fire adapted community is “A human community consisting of informed and prepared citizens collaboratively planning and taking action to safely coexist with wildland fire.” More fully, fire adapted communities are knowledgeable, engaged communities where actions of residents and agencies in relation to infrastructure, buildings, landscaping and the surrounding ecosystem lessen the need for extensive protection actions and enable the communities to safely accept fire as part of the surrounding landscape. Because every community is unique, the steps and strategies they take to improve their wildfire resilience will vary from place to place. FireWise Communities are often a facet of Fire Adapted Communities.

FireWise USA

Firewise USA® is a voluntary program that provides a framework to help neighbors get organized, find direction, and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and community.This program is run by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Home Retrofit Guide  “How to Harden Homes Against Wildfire” – PDF File

A collaborative effort, led by University of Nevada, Reno Extension, including University of California Cooperative Extension, Tahoe Resource Conservation District, CAL FIRE, and Living with Fire Tahoe has produced Wildfire Home Retrofit Guide, How to Harden Homes Against Wildfire. YWP&FSC has been granted the right to share this incredible guide with our group. “The guide includes specific recommendations for how to retrofit existing components of a home to withstand wildfire. Each section contains an explanation of how the component is vulnerable to wildfire and what can be done to improve that component”

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) Wildfire Research Center

IBHS has a wildfire research center and is at the forefront of wildfire structure mitigation. 

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

The leading information and knowledge resource on fire, electrical, and related hazards. Wildfire programs include FireWise USA, National Fire Preparedness Day, Take Action: Teens for Wildfire Mitigation, and information on wildfire home preparations.

National Weather Service – NOAA

United Policy Holders

United Policy Holders is a 501(c)(3) consumer advocacy group who gives advice on buying insurance and navigating claims, and lobbies for consumer rights.

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR)

Resources and information on fire in California including ecology, prescribed fire, health and safety, wildfire mitigation, and wildfire recovery.

University of California Integrated Pest Management (UC IPM)

Helps residents, growers, land managers, community leaders, and other professional pest managers prevent and solve pest problems with the least unintended impacts on people and their surroundings. They have information on how to best control weedy species like himalyan blackberry, brooms, yellow starthistle, and many other plants that contribute to extreme fire behavior. 

University of California Master Gardeners (UC MG)

The Sutter-Yuba Master Gardeners are a resource about gardening in the region. They can assist residents with questions about plants related to wildfire, including How big will they get? When and how should I prune them? How can I transplant a plant?